"The Spirit of an Animal" was written for my cat Blue years ago as she was facing death from cancer. As we speak my cat of nearly 17 years is passing away. I once said as part of a poem searching for my faith,
"I listened for God
While petting my cat
And felt his heartbeat
And a connection of love.”
And he brought me better faith.
The love we receive from animals can make life worth living on a hard day. Humans have companionship with each other and with animals because love exists here on our planet, and we thrive on love. Love is a wonderful gift from Above. Occasionally I hear someone preach that animals do not live on in the after-life, but mankind does. I disagree with any view of heaven that does not include animals and find it hard to believe heaven would be such a great place without them. Life and companionship are abundant in heaven. In some circles I've traveled in I've found friendship with others who barely know any other person outside of their landlord or social worker, except that they are pet owners who know the love of God through a Madison, or a Frisky, or a Smudge. People who are often rejected by society find friendship with animals. Animals are more than additives to life - in many cases they are at the core of our daily living. The blessings of this life can be abundant in so many ways, and the various forms of love we receive on our daily, weekly, yearly and lifelong journeys is really something remarkable. The love we receive from animals is unique and kindles loyalty, nonjudgmental, warmth, responsibility, and joyous song.
Skky, the 16 year old handsome tuxedo cat is Skky-dog, because he has the loyalty and companionship towards my husband and I that the best of dogs have to their owners. So dear Lord I pray:
That when he goes, he has good companionship
Until we get there to be by his side again
Treats, rubs, kisses
And because he is a fighter, a lover, and a maker of peace
Place him high in his heavenly duties
For whatever work is done in the great cities
Of the After-life.
May he bring faith to others
May he communicate openly with all who see him
May he still sink his feet into the grass and call it good
May he enjoy the wonders of the Creation as he did during his life.
P.S. Give him cream cheese, human food snacks, rainwater, and outdoor theatre… the theatre nature offers.
P.P.S. Promise us a reunion with our Skky-dog after our final days.
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