- 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 from 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, friends, and entertainment, but I only have 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 can hurt you, and yet I choose not to.
- 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 weak and old.
- 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.
Take a moment today to be grateful for your pets. Enjoy and take care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without them.
This was written by Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener). A professional full-time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
You can visit his website at http://www.doglistener.co.uk/ for more articles and training information.