Because Grendel Asked Me To, and I Love Grendel:
I am dog. I forgive without asking for forgiveness.
I will forgive you before you are ready to receive my look, my lick on your hand. I do not bargain forgiveness; I do not make a deal. You are forgiven even before you harm or holler or neglect or ignore. Tomorrow is a new day. Tonight is already a new time. The sun witll not set on my anger. I forgive you for I am yours and you are mine. We agreed without a signed document. You can hold me to words I cannot say, to a sentence I cannot write. Hold me to who I am. I am dog and I forgive. Forgiving feels right. I do not ask why. I will not sleep with a grudge.
I forgive. I will not go to sleep with a grudge. I do not carry anger with me for long. I know the strength and peace inside forgiving. I believe forgiveness weakens a battle line, erases wrinkles in the spirit, brings relief to my mind. I forgive and chains fall, foe becomes a friend, a family relaxes, children hug and sing and play again. Forgiveness makes possible change, a time to grow, telling the truth, acts of kindsness, reconciliation. Your forgiveness is in me.
From: Dog Psalms, Prayers My Dogs Have Taught Me, by Herbert Brokering