A Pet's Ten Commandments

Chokes me up every time...


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 or 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.