Now, I can’t take credit for the following poem, but I first came across it when I made the decision to raise when I was just 14 years old, and it has stuck with me through the years, even though it’s been several years since I had my last puppy. It is a sobering reminder that I am doing this for someone else and not for my own personal gain. And besides, nothing I ever do is for my own personal gain here on Earth but rather, I’m building up my kingdom in Heaven. I am excited that this Prayer is once again relevant to my life, and I’m so thankful that God as put it on my heart to get back in to it. I know what I’m in for, and I couldn’t be more proud to say that I am a Puppy Raiser.
Lord, let me lead the way for this tiny, new life.
Keep it healthy now and always.
Watch over us and guide our direction.
Help me to introduce difficult situations with a clear confidence which will spill over to the pup.
Let me praise responsibly, timely and lavishly.
Give me extra patience for the times ahead.
Teach me to navigate on sleep shortages.
Remind me to give a chew toy as a substitute for randomly retrieved objects.
Keep me aware of the working drive lest I inhibit that desire and ruin the future.
Help me to shape the pup’s behavior using commands—not anger—For I know nothing is gained through anger.
Help me be persistent and consistent with all aspects of the pup’s training because I know nothing is learned with a mixed message.
Let me be creative for one concept can be taught many ways.
Help me so the pup will reach full potential.
Lord, give me peace when I return this pup.
Guide my thoughts away from emptiness to the future partner and the joy that will result.
Help me to focus on their future when it is time to let go.
Mend my heart quickly as you mold them into one.
Let them grow and flourish as team.
Give them the same loving guidance that you gave me.
And Lord…Give me strength to do it again.