1. My life
is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you
will be very painful.
2. Give me
time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my
spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you.
Your patience will teach me more effectively.
have me spayed or neutered. (Except for show, working or
me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire
world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Donít be
angry with me for long, and donít lock me up as punishment.
After all, you have your job, your friends, and your
entertainment. I have only you.
to me often. Even if I donít understand your words, I
understand your voice when itís speaking to me. Your voice
is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my
enthusiasm whenever I hear your footsteps.
6. Take me
in when itís cold and wet, or hot and humid. Iím a domestic
animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I
ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep
my bowl filled with water. Feed me good food so that I may
stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding. By your
side, I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with
you, for that is what I live for. Iíll never forget how well
youíve treated me.
hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the
bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself
if something might be bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting
the right food, Iíve been out in the sun too long, or my
heart may be getting weak.
care of me when I get old. For you will grow old, too.
10. When I
am old, or when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not
make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun.
Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be
with me on that difficult journey when itís time to say
goodbye. Never say, "I just canít bear to watch." Everything
is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth
knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest
in your hands. I love you.