"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives more temporary
than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully
understanding the necessary plan.
The life of a horse, often half our own, seems endless until one day.
That day has come and gone for me, and I am once again within a
somewhat smaller circle."
-Irving Townsend 'The Once Again Prince', from "Seperate Lifetimes".
The book is a collection of animal short stories. The last one is "The Once Again Prince". A real tear jerker. As are some of the other stories. But so worth the read. I think you can find it on Amazon but it is out of print.
For want of the nail the shoe was lost;
For want of the shoe, the horse was lost;
For want of the horse, the rider was lost;
For want of the rider, the battle was lost;
For want of the battle the war was lost;
For want of the war, the kingdom was lost;
And all for the want of a horse shoe nail.
I don't, but four years of high school German sure do come in handy at times! That looks like a very cool book. My favorite saying in German is "Wenn die Katze fort ist, tanzen die Mause!" (which means, When the cat's away, the mouse dances!" My whole family is away right now, and I'm a dancing mouse!
Feed me, water and care for me, and when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean, dry bed and stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.
Always be kind to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Never strike, beat, or kick me when I don't understand what you want, but give me the chance to understand you. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.
Make sure that I am properly shod that I may serve you in comfort.
And finally, Oh My Master, when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze or sell me to some cruel owner to be slowly tortured and starved to death; but do thou, My master, take my life in the kindest way and your God will reward you here and hereafter. You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who was born in a stable.
"God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses."