Today O Lord, our bloodhound, Red, will probably be no longer with us. It is on these days that we are so much more aware of what our pets mean to us. Help us to understand how you have put our companion animals into our lives to experience unconditional love and forgiveness. Let us find ways to emulate that kind of grace in how we respond to those that challenge us most and find ways to treat them as a beloved child of God. Let us understand what it is to truly forgive so that we might be truly forgiven ourselves. All this we ask in the name of a God who forgives, heals and renews. Amen.