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A Guide Dog’s Prayer to Saint Francis

October 7, 2015


A Guide Dog’s Prayer to Saint Francis of Assisi


(Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment)



by Leader Dog Zoe and Alice Jane-Marie Massa



Dear Saint Francis of Assisi,

bless me,

a guide dog in Milwaukee;

and please bless

all my fellow guide dogs around the world.


Bless my eyes

so that I can see what my handler cannot see.


where there is a driver who is texting,

instead of watching the road,

show me the safe path to guide my handler.


Bless my ears

so that I may hear those too quiet electric vehicles

at an intersection or at an alley.


Bless me with grace

as I maneuver

my beloved friend and myself

through crowded sidewalks,

hallways, stores, classrooms,

theatres, restaurants, elevators,

hospitals, churches, and cathedrals.


When ear-piercing sirens zoom by,

when construction work vibrates in my ears,

when leaf-blowers rage a wall of noise–

bless me with courage.


When snow deeply lines my path,

ice makes our way slippery,

sleet stings my face,

wind challenges my strength–

bless me with your warmth.


When I walk on hot sidewalks and streets,

when my fur becomes warm on a sunny day–

bless me with your cooling touch.


When my handler takes so long to get ready to leave,

to prepare my bowl of food,

or to wash my paws–

thank you for blessing me with patience.


When I get a whiff of

all those wonderful smells,

indoors or outdoors,

bless me with reminders

of when I will receive

my treats and meals.


When a little dog yaps and yaps at me,

when a big dog barks my way,

thank you for continuing to bless me

with concentration on my very important work

so that I never bark back.


When a squirrel, bunny,

duck, bird, or

any other animal

tries to distract me–

thank you for continuing to bless me

so that I think only of my handler.


Dear Saint Francis,

on your feast day Of October 4,

and throughout the years,

please continue to bless me

with good health

so that I may work

for a very long time

as a guide dog.

Someone needs me,

and I need your daily blessing.


Please bless

all the paws

that make

this happy, noble,

and peaceful journey of guiding

on Earth.



May Saint Francis bless all guide dogs and all of your pets

(especially the special pups of cousins Kenny, Jo, and Jason),


Leader Dog Zoe and Alice


October 7, 2015, Wednesday



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  1. This beautiful prayer brought tears to my eyes, Alice. May God Bless Zoe and you!
    Love, Mary

    • Mary–Thanks for your very quick comment which, thankfully, did come through to my e-mail for the first time in a month. Take care! A & Z

  2. Alice, how sweet. I hope Zoe is blessed with all these things and that you two have many happy years together.

  3. Fran Rayce permalink

    What a beautiful prayer filled with many gentle reminders of ways we can all be more aware and helpful to those around is.

  4. Carole permalink

    This is a lovely prayer, Alice. You are both blessed to have each other.

  5. Doggie prayers and love from Korky, Charly & Mooney.

    • To Jo and your three little friends–Thanks for commenting! I hope that you all enjoy the bridal shower tomorrow. I will be thinking of all of you. Best wishes–Alice and Zoe

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