Thursday, January 8, 2009


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

3. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.


Anonymous said...

Something every pet owner should take to heart, especially #10. Last year, I was at a pet hospital with my cat, when a large dog, unable to walk, was brought in by it's owner to be put to sleep. The owner, for whatever reason, left. I asked the vet if I could spend some time with the dog & be there to comfort it when the time came. I sat with him for an hour talking to & petting him. He was not alone at the end, although I'm sure he wondered where his people were.

Ricki said...

These are great commandments. I am going to share them with my Girls! And you're right, these two (esp Max) look SO MUCH like my Elsie! Long-lost relatives, maybe?? ;)


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