I will lend to you for awhile a puppy, said God. For you to love while she lives and to mourn for when she is gone.
It maybe for several years, or for just a few. But will you, until I call her back, take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms and wash your face, and should her stay be brief. You'll always have her memories as solace for your grief.
I can not promise that she will stay, since all on earth must return. But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers tried and true. From all the folk that crowd life's land I have chosen you.
Are you ready to give her all your love and not think the labor vain. Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again?
What is this? I heard you say, for all the joys this pup will bring, the risk of grief you'll take. So please teach her with kindness and shelter her with tenderness, a better puppy this will make.
But should I call her back much sooner and your not ready to let her go. Please brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand. The lessons I wanted this pup to learn are done. You have completed my plan.