A Pet’s Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-23 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.

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  1. This made me sad to think about losing someday my precious Pekingese, Buster. He is the light of my life and my soulmate. You see when you get old, your family has their own lives to tend to and tend to not come around much, if any and old friends pass away so that leaves me with my precious Buster. I love you, my faithful companion…Pat

    • Pat – Buster sounds so very lucky to have you. So many people don’t realise how much our companions rely on and care for us – and how much they give back to us in return for our care. This piece is intended to make those people think more about their companions. I’m sorry it made you sad. It’s always sad to say goodbye to our companions. But the positive side is knowing you’ll have given Buster the best life he could possibly have expect – unlike so many others. Celebrate the life always. {{{hugs}}}

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