Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Pet's Ten Commandments

I found this among the adoption papers for Penny.  I thought it was good enough to share.

A Pet's Ten Commandments by Stan Rawlinson

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 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 and 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.



Confidential to Rocko - poop, baby, poop!  You can do it, buddy.  And for God's sake, quit eating rocks.  


Katie Kermeen Swisher said...

This makes me tear up a bit just thinking about my sweet Pork Chop!

Bev said...

I've read this before but I cry every time. Dogs have been a part of my family from my earliest memories and today, as always, our two are riding along in the RV through Pennsylvania with us.