If you've ever had a pet dog, then you’ll know what absolute God-Sends they are. They fill our dreary lives with happiness, innocence and pure, unconditional love. I came across this poem that holds that dogs are actually loans from God. Sounds strange? You’ll think differently when you’re finished reading.

A Loan From God

God promised at the birth of time, A special friend to give, His time on earth is short, He said, So love him while he lives.

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It may be for eight or ten years, Or only two or three, But will you, till I call him back, Take care of him for Me?

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A wagging tail and cold wet nose, And silken velvet ears, A heart as big as all outdoors, To love you through the years.

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His puppy ways will gladden you, And antics bring a smile, As guardian or friend he will, Be loyal all the while.

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He'll bring his charms to grace your life, And though his stay be brief, When he's gone the memories, Are solace for your grief.

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I cannot promise he will stay, Since all from earth return, But lessons only a dog can teach, I want you each to learn.

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I've looked the whole world over, In search of guardians true, And from the folk that crowd life's land, I have chosen you.

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Whatever love you give to him, Returns in triple measure, Follow his lead and gain a life, Brim full of simple pleasures.

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Enjoy each day as it comes, Allow your heart to guide, Be loyal and steadfast in love, As the dog there by your side.

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Now will you give him all your love, Nor think the labour vain, Nor hate me when I come to call, To take him back again?

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I fancy each of us would say, Dear Lord, thy will be done, For all the joys this dog shall bring, The risk of grief we'll run.

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We'll shelter him with tenderness, We'll love him while we may, And for the happiness we've known, Forever grateful stay.

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But should the angels call for him, Much sooner than we've planned, We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, And try to understand.

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If by our love we've managed, God's wishes to achieve, In memory of him that we have loved, And to help us while we grieve;

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When our faithful bundle departs, This earthly world of strife, We'll get yet another pup, And love him all his life.

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