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Dog bless each and every one

    Today being Sunday, we bring you an excerpt from the soon to be released book “Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs.”
    Edited by June Cotner and published by New World Library, the book honors the special connection that exists between humans and their canine friends — and comes out just in time for St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day.
    October 4 is the special day that dogs, cats, horses, even hamsters will be led to churches around the world for an annual ceremony called “Blessing of the Pets.”

    Ace and I celebrated early with a few poems, prayers and short essays that the book features — from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Power of the Dog” to Janet Lombard’s more contemporary “Furry Shrink.”

    The book, which comes out Oct. 1, features chapters devoted to puppyhood, parting, the bond between human and dog, aging, devotion and a final section with prayers and blessings.

    One of my favorites was “Lessons,” by Joanne Hirase-Stacey:

If I greeted everyone happily
     Instead of eyeing with distrust
If I didn’t pass judgment
     But accepted all
If I listened intently
     With understanding in my eyes
If I brought comfort
     All the time, no matter what
If I loved unconditionally
     Without reservation
If I lived life more simply
     Instead of worrying so much
If I played tirelessly
     And didn’t work so hard
If I made people smile
     Just by my presence in the room
If I experienced true joy
     At the little things in life
Then I’d be the perfect friend
     Just like my dog