Casting about the internet for a prayer for the occasion, I came across this one by Rudyard Kipling. (Who knew?)
A Dog for Jesus
(Where dogs go when they die)
I wish someone had given Jesus a dog.
As loyal and loving as mine.
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.
As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,
Would have followed Him all through the day.
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away.
To face death alone and apart.
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master's Heart.
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,
How happy He would have been,
As His dog kissed His hand and barked it's delight,
For The One who died for all men.
Well, the Lord has a dog now,
I just sent Him mine,
The old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they're in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Wherever my road inclined,
Four feet said, "Wait, I'm coming with you!"
And trotted along behind.
So give thanks with us for the life of Harvey -- and for all the faithful animal friends who show us unconditional love in their too-short-on-earth-lives. And may we be given the grace to love each other as they have loved us -- knowing that even the greatest love we know here on earth is only a glimpse of the love that the One who created us in love and is the source of love offers to us and to all creation.
R.I.P. Harvey Emerson Brooks
1994 - 2008
Added June 7, 2008: Harvey Slideshow