ten commandments for dog owners

Old 02-12-04, 10:59 PM
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ten commandments for dog owners

I got this in an email a few days ago. It put a lump in my throat, since we just lost our doberman "Mickey" after 10 great years with him. #10 applied in our situation. I thought I was prepared for it, but when the time came it was harder than I thought. The good times were worth the heartache though, and I intend to get another.

I. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.

II. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

III. Place your trust in me... it is crucial for my well being.

IV. Donít be angry with me for long, and donít lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU!

V. Talk to me. Even if I donít understand your words, I understand your voice when itís speaking to me.

VI. Be aware that however you treat me, Iíll NEVER forget it.

VII. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

VIII. Before 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 old and weak.

IX. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.

X. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, ďI canít bear to watch itĒ or, ďLet it happen in my absenceĒ. Everything is easier for ME if you are there. Remember, I love you.
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Thanks Cheese!

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The last one rings terribly true.

So many times during my stays at my uncle (a vet), people dropped a longtime companion off to suffer it's fate scared and at the hands of a stranger. Despicable thing to do, IMHO. "I just can't bare it", or "I'll cry".

For all the love, companionship and undying loyalty a dog shows you, it's almost cowardly not to hold the dog while he goes, give him one last bit of comfort and let his last thoughts be of you instead of fear of the unknown. It's a good bye to do this, painful and permanent, but the last dignified act an owner does for a companion animal. Indeed, it's your duty.

Off my soapbox, I'll advise that anyone who puts their pets down should consider calling a vet who will make a housecall to perform a euthanization. Most will for a fee, which IMHO is well worth it. When my dalmation passed last year, I had him put down in our home, laying in his comfy spot in my lap. He was very still and calm, and it was a gentle end instead of a traumatic trip to a place he feared. I take great comfort now knowing he expired peacefully.

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