Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Dog's Ten Commandments.

This was emailed to me from my Dad this morning. I get so much of my love of dogs from him and that will go on for the rest of my life. Thanks Dad!

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

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

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

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.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember 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 is bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart is 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 that 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.


Lori said...

Oh my gosh...this brought me to tear. We have such an amazing dog who is such a sweet boy.

Yesterday someone got into our shed and took our generator. I know that G.T. must have been out there barking at them. When my husband got home, our dog didn't run out to greet him as usual and when he did come out of his house, he cringed and whined. I hate to think of the mean words or actions that were hurled his way, but am thankful he was unharmed.

Man's best friend. Indeed.

Mellissa said...

This reminds me of Maggie - thanks for posting it.

Ms Hen said...

This is sweet........ I'm more of a rodent person.. chinchilla; rabbit; two rats and a mouse... (well my 13 year old son's pets). :)

I love dogs but they are more work... :)

Great post. :)