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 no break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your
hand between blows, your patients and understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice as the world's sweetest music, as
you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps
fall upon my 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 that the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the
hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you though 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 worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should no
reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell when I suffer from thirst,
Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do you
bidding, to walk by your side, and to 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 you 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 in your hand.
By Beth Norman Harris
Maltese Dog Description :- *From the Kennel Club Official Website
In view of his island origin, the Maltese is likely to have been a pure breed for many years. Small dogs of the type have been known around the Mediterranean for centuries and, as with many breeds, were traded by the Phoenicians as they sailed from country to country. There is evidence that the breed was in Malta in Roman times and the dogs were bred as pets, both as lap dogs and ‘sleeve’ dogs, carried in the coat sleeve.
One of the sweetest of the Toy breeds, the Maltese needs a lot of attention to keep his long, soft, silky coat in immaculate condition. Much of his beauty comes from the stark contrast of his dark eyes with their black rims, and black nose against his pure white coat. To achieve the correct expression, the head must be equally balanced from stop to occiput, and stop to tip of nose.
His temperament is merry and friendly, and he is very bright and intelligent. A lively little dog, full of fun, who belies his chocolate-box appearance.
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.