A naming prayer and blessing for a new puppy.

We got a puppy today (a little Schnoodle). He is the first dog for our household. I pray for our vehicles and home, so it seems to me I really ought to pray for this new member of our household. I couldn’t find any prayers which captured what I was looking for (substantial naming and blessing) so I wrote this in more traditional language. I share it here in case someone finds it helpful/meaningful. If you already have a pet, and haven’t prayed for it, it’s not too late.

“O God, by whose Word all things are created and sanctified, hear our prayers. As thy servant Adam named the creatures you placed under his stewardship, so we name this dog Bruno. As thy servant Noah, in obedience to your command, built an ark for animals in order to shield them from thy judgement, so may our home be an ark in which Bruno may find shelter and safety. We pray for thy strength and wisdom to nourish and steward him for thy glory. We ask thou who art his Maker to grant him health of body and protection. Pour thy blessing upon Bruno, and teach us to love, honour, and worship thee, as we care for him. As thou has created in dogs unique and fruitful companionship for mankind, so we ask thee to bless this household through his presence. These things we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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