A Pet’s 10 Commandments

My aunt who has several rescue grayhounds sent this to me… (The original source is here – http://www.doglistener.co.uk/humour/commandments.shtml). 


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.

2 Responses to “A Pet’s 10 Commandments”

  1. Hi

    I notice you have the ten commandments on your website. I have no problem whatsoever that you using it and I am the author. all I ask is a link back as per my website instructions. http://www.doglistener.co.uk/humour/commandments.shtml which are the bottom of the piece, but I have added them at it at the end of this E mail Please let me know when this has been done.

    Thank you

    Best wishes

    Stan Rawlinson MTCBPT. MPAACT A.dipCCB
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    e-mail: enquiries@doglistener.co.uk
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    Chairman of PAACT
    The Professional Association of Applied Canine Trainers

    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.

  2. The vet told me yesterday that it was time to put my 19 year old cat to sleep. It is so hard for me to make that decision, but I don’t want him to suffer. He has had mouth cancer for several years but I don’t want to make the decisison of which day he will die. He has given me so much happiness and has been there with me through divorce, children getting married, loss of grandmothers and loss my mother. He has loved me unconditionally as I has loved him. Even through my frustrations with him, he always came back purring. I will definitely be with him on this difficult journey. I would never turn my back on him.
    When I was 18 years old, I had to make the same decision with my 13 year old cat which was just as hard. On my way to the vet’s she died in my arms. I guess God knew this decision was too hard for me and before it was done, he relieved me of that hurt. I have prayed he will do that again.
    I love these 10 commandments and they are so true.

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