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Stories of Goldens who are "Heroes" (Dusty's story is on the bottom row, 2nd from left)

                     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 you voice is the world’s
                sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce
                wagging of my tail when your footsteps 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 you had 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
                    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.