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This was sent to me by a friend. Maybe it's been around a while, but I don't remember seeing it before. The last one got me. I've had to take two dogs to be put to sleep and it was not easy.

Quote:Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner - as dictated by the pet.

<span style='font-size: 11pt'><span style="color: #3333FF">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
entertainments 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 have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand
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 difficult journey, 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.</span></span>

Take a moment today to thank God for your companions.
Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller,
less joyful thing without God's critters. Please pass this on to
other pet owners.
 

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Very nice. Makes me want to go hug Lucy.
 

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Those are wonderful. I applaud you for posting them. I would add "Don't treat me as if I were a human. Find out about dogs and treat me as one".
 

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This one is framed at the vet clinic where I go, and handed out to the owners at the dog training club:
Treat Me Kindly
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more
grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick you hand
between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the worlds sweetest music, as you
must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls
upon my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements, and I ask no greater
glory that the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer
thirst.
Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp an play and do your
bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, my friend, when I am very old, if God sees fit to deprive me of my health and sight do not turn me away from you. Rather, see that my trusting life is taken gently, and I shall leave knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.
 
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