Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Commandments

My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be 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, but I have only you.

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

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

Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, 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 have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

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

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.
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28 comments:

  1. That's so beautiful. I recently had to let my beloved Demi Dog go, she was diabetic and blind, which didn't stop her until it began to affect her mind. She was an adopted pet from the SPCA and had other health problems, but I wouldn't have traded her for the world. She was my heart-dog and I loved her very much. Thanks for posting this, I would love to see more people get to really know their pet, they all have their own little personalities and they do nothing but enrich our lives.

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  2. right now it's my cat that I'm having a hard time with. She's really still a kitten....but maybe more of a teen cat. haha She has scratched my girls a lot. I want to work through this and improve her behavior but not sure how. I am thinking of having her declawed and fixed for various reasons but I wonder also if it won't calm her a bit as well. She wants to rough up the girls a bit too much and they get hurt. So I gotta do something. Any advice?

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  3. To your reader Sandi above... PLEASE do not de-claw your kitten! Thoroughly read up on what the procedure actually is and how it will effect your kitten over a lifetime. It's basically amputating the first digit of each claw. Front de-clawing means 10 amputations. It effects their balance and stance and how they walk thereafter. It effects how they play. It effects everything they do.

    Sorry, Sandee. I loved your Pets Ten Commandments. Although I'm pretty much a sucker for ALL of their commandments. Big hugs :)

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  4. Sandee, just loved this one. It reminded me of our late cat, Hazel. Unfortunately we were in France when she had to be put to sleep. Her health was so bad that we couldn't wait.

    Sandi & Barb, the de-clawing operation is a big decision. It does require the removal of part of the toe. We did have it done with our Hazel. She was an inside cat and it never seemed to constrain her in any way. As for the neutering, go for it. It will change her disposition for the better. Sandi, you might want to watch how your girls "play" with her. They may not realize how rough they are being. Not all cats will appreciate being dressed in doll's clothing. We did have one cat who loved it. Go figure. Whatever you do, heap lots of love on all of them. It will pay dividends to all of you.

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  5. Animals love us unconditionally and they don't talk back. Our pets have enriched our lives so much.

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  6. How beautiful! Our earth's creatures do have feelings and emotions, and are so precious!

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  7. That surely was a wonderful post and oh so true. Dogs are always there for ya, no matter what you do to them.
    And I have to chime in on the declawing too. There is nothing worse you can do to your cat. I have heard that they will start biting if you do that to them. It is a very very painful thing to do to them. Please don't do it.
    Have a great day Sandee and thanks for this wonderful post.

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  8. Beautiful words to live by....

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  9. I'm currently pet-less. I have had over the years wonderful Dogs and Cats.

    What a wonderful post. I'm sure that's exactly what Man's Best Friend would be saying.

    If only pets COULD talk! Woof-
    Woof...

    PLU!

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  10. I have this tucked away on my hard drive somewhere - never ceases to turn me misty eyed!

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  11. This is so beautiful. I love my dog and cats.

    Big hugs!
    Lydia

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  12. So true... and quite touching when you really take the time to think about it.

    Have a great say... YOu know I will!
    ;-P

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  13. Aww, how sweet and so true. Thanks for posting this.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs, honey...

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  14. Sounds like somebody feels guilty for beating the shit out of a dog. Woof, woof dude!

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  15. Hey for a change you have been sentimental! have a great day!

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  16. Yes we have to remember every day Darlin,
    zily

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  17. Very true. In our house #5 is a big one :) I think I have more conversations with the dog than anyone else.

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  18. WOW! These are eye openers. Especially number 10. So right on.

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  19. Thanks for all the advice on declawing! I didn't know it was such a major procedure. I'll read up on it more. She's still young so she might calm down a bit. The girls don't dress her up ;) haha But I agree. I think she's just playing/or defending herself. I think as she matures she'll calm down a bit too.

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  20. Maybe it's hormones or just that I love dogs so much but this made me tear up. Beautiful and the words are so wise.

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  21. Is there one of these for cats? If there is, I'm sure it's written somewhat differently!

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  22. i read this to the flat boyz. they loved it too...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  23. our pets are so giving and loving.

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  24. This is exactly why I love dogs.

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  25. That made me tear up. This has been a hard week on me and the one person who has come through for me has been my best friend, my dog named Rain. Notice I said person, for me he is that and more. He never judges,he's always there, he listens to me whine and while he is my baby, he is now in his late 70's (in dog years) and it makes me sad to know that I won't have him that much longer.

    If I could change anything in the world, it wouldn't me winning the lotto, nor seeing all of Gods beautiful earth, it would be letting our canine companions to have a much longer life. It seems so unfair their lifespan is so short. I have never been without the sound of 4 paws running around my house, since I was a small child. But I don't know now, if I could have my heart broken ever again and lose my very best friend.

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  26. Every pet owner should follow these commandments. :)

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  27. Ahhh, these are so great. Made me weepy because I know there are so many out there that don't receive this kind of love.

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  28. Thanks a lot for coming over to visit us at our blog.
    That was so well said...We are so touched that you understand what we really want.
    Wags,
    Buddy n Ginger
    http://doggywisdom.blogspot.com

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