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A Dog's Prayer

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

--Beth Norman Harris
Dedicated to All animals Lovers:heart:

Drawn on Bristol Board and mechanical pencil, ref, used but dont know where I found it...
Thank You for viewing and in advance for your favorites:hug:
Kindly featured by:icondeanosidwell::icondreamarian:Also winner of the August week 3# traditional art contest:iconthrough-emilys-eyes:
Also featured by Hang around the web[link]
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andrianalima Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww so good
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EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fur makes this look real
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EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute dog
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EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww a dog
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes me think of my dog Lacey... (I miss her)....the level of trust which shows so clearly. :heart: Beautiful job!!
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:)
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Your beautiful work has been featured in my latest journal!:iconkissmote:
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KevinContrerasArt Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's cute! Great job!
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:)
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moonlightmist0101 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love my golden retreiver. this is awesomeful
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:)
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moonlightmist0101 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no need, but my dog has gotten hit by a truck twice
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
lovley drawing and words
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:hug:
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, because it is so true!
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:heart:
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome! :hug:
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artJou Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
awww i like it very much!!!!
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You!!!!
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artJou Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Noo problem ^^
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KatLEwing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As always it's amazing! Love it.
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:huggle:
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SamGuentherArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderfully done and very inspiring! I love it!
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:bow:
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SamGuentherArt Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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RobertGorzycki Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
W O W ! :) Beautiful.
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:hug:
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metamorphacilles Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
God, this is amazing....here the links...
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Mis-misunderstood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
good work!
I'd like to pet that dog to ^^
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much:hug:He does seem to be a sweet dog:)
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow Thank You once again:hug:
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EmmySollien Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
So beautiful.. im speachless.
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:bow:
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anonymous771 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
GAH! This made me cry! :cry:
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:heart:it does tug at the heart strings:D
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anonymous771 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yus! :cries: But I still love it :love:
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0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful. :heart:
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:heart:
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StormbringerPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:heart:
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pennyu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
amazingggggggggggggggg
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You:)
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
BRILLIANT
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You!!!
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...:wow:MAGNIFICIANT,my dear Laura...this is a true masterpiece!:iconbwavoplz::iconlovelyheartsplz::iconiloveyouplz:
I am totally mesmerized by such gorgous work!And the subject is more than emotional;and the text...is...WONDERFUL!:iconburningheartplz:I love animals so much,I wish that all peple could think as us...that would be a marvellous dream!:iconloveplz:
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Sweetie Thank You so much, I wish everyone would think so too, the world would be a better place:heart:
And When I ran across the poem, it was so perfect for my drawing I just had to include it:)
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...thank You again for sharing this,my Dear:iconbeauroseplz:
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FireCaster Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Laura, I have seen your works become more and more progressive over time. This piece shows mastery. I'm afraid I have neglected my pencil portraits for so long. I'm really glad you've maintained it and always generous to share them with us. :heart:
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ricky, Ive tried other mediums,color pencil,paint,and phs,when I joined DA I wanted do like everyone else,all the digital art is so popular, but pencils are my love:heart:
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