I can’t take credit for what you’re about to read. I found it somewhere online a year or so ago, and I just love it. When you read it from your dog’s point of view, it’s really quite touching – and excellent rules for all of us to remember when it comes to our pets. I’d love it if you’d share this with your friends, especially anyone who’s considering getting a dog!
- My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Please be willing to make that commitment to me. Any separation from you will be very painful.
- Give me time to understand what you want of me.
- Place your trust in me – it is crucial for my well-being.
- Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU.
- Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.
- Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll NEVER forget it.
- Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
- 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’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
- Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
- Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or, “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.
And if I may be so bold as to add another one, it would be this:
11. If you start thinking you no longer want me, remember that you’re the only family I’ve ever known and losing you will break my heart. But if you must “get rid” of me, please take the time to find a safe, loving home for me. Don’t let me end up in a shelter where I probably won’t survive. Don’t give me away for free on Craiglist to someone whose intentions may not be good. I deserve for you to find a loving family for me.