Though this was originally written (in 1993) from a dog’s point of view, the crux of it really does apply to any pet you have, or are considering adding to your family.
The 10 Commandments
- My life is likely to last 10-15 years, any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.
- Give me time to understand what you want from me, don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.
- Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.
- Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment, I am not capable of understanding why? I only know I have been rejected, you have your work entertainment and friends I only have you.
- Talk to me sometimes, even if I don’t understand your words I understand your voice and your tone, “you only have to look at my tail”.
- Be aware that however you treat me I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel it may affect me forever.
- Please don’t hit me I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don’t ever want to do that.
- Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak, I may be just dog tired.
- Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.
- Go with me on difficult journeys, never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, irrespective of what you do I will always love you.
Reprinted with permission by ©Stan (The Original Doglistener), a professional, full-time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer. You can visit his website at www.doglistener.co.uk for more articles and training information.
Here’s what happens after a few years:
Lovely, it’s a wake-up call. Being there until the very end truly counts.
Through good times and bad times, keep in mind that owning a pet is a sacred commitment.
Very cute and true.
Thanks so much for this. It was beautiful. I’m definitely going to share this.
This post is so beautiful. I have never looked at some things this way. As Tandblekning said, this is a wake up call.
I hope more pet lovers will read this post and get a new view on their little furry friends.
This really hit the heart. Time passes much too quickly to igore the special bond between pet and owner. Definitely need to take extra time every day just for them. I love to take my dog to bark park daily, he always looks forward to going. I also try to understand any unusual behavior. When the time came for Skeever’s end it was so painful, but I had to be there.
I really found these spot on. Have there been any changes to this list since last year?