My mom gave me a passage once that was a Bible story for dogs. We have had pets my entire life and they were ALWAYS a part of the family. It is no surprise to me that I have an affection for animals that goes way beyond any warm feelings i have for most of the humans in my life. This passage that she gave me clicked with me SO much that i modified it to suit my beliefs and feelings. When my beloved retriever mix died several years ago i got him cremated. I just couldn't let him go. I HAD to have him with me and that is basically why i made the choice to have him cremated. There are animals in my life that i feel should be buried in the earth - a particular cat that started life as a stray and to her last day loved being outside - SHE belongs under a big tree on the hill. She belonged to the earth and that's where she returned. But, this dog, who used to sit patiently at the door until i arrived home every night... This dog that during a particularly dark period in my life was there to comfort me, as if to say - I'll wait for you. This dog who could not bear to be out of my sight, who would do WHATEVER i asked of him simply because i asked... THIS dog belonged with me forever. So i had him cremated and he rests in a lovely, decorative wooden box. I put this poem in the box with him, along with a picture of the cat mentioned above, who was his good friend, and a candle to light his way should he need it.
A Dog's Story ~ Goddess Style
The Great Goddess, who was herself the earth and the sky; the sea and the soil, summoned a beast from the fields and said, "Behold these creatures that beckon you and adore them. Protect them in the wilderness, watch over the flocks they keep and accompany them wherever they may go - even into
civilization. Be a companion, an ally, a friend. To do these things, you shall be endowed with instincts uncommon to other beasts: faithfulness, devotion and understanding surpassing even that of these creatures. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you
shall be blind to the faults of your companions. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words. Speak to your companions only with your mind and through your kind eyes. Walk by their sides; sleep in their nests; forage for them; ward off their enemies; carry their burdens; share their afflictions; love them and comfort them. And in return for this, these human creatures will fulfill your needs and wants, which shall be only food, shelter and affection. So be silent, and be a friend to these humans. Guide them along
the way onto this land that is my gift to all creatures. This shall be your destiny and your immortality". So spoke the Goddess. And the dog heard and was content.