Ten Commandments For Pets

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Boxer Booster
I got this email today, and wanted to share it.

10 Commandments for Pets

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years or more. Any separation from you will be 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.

3. Please have me spayed or neutered.

4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends,your entertainment, I only have you.

5. Speak to me often. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's 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 it's cold and wet. I'm 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. By your side, I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with you, for that is what I live for. I'll never forget how well you've treated me.

7. Don't hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite.

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've been out in the sun too long, my ear may hurt, or my heart may be getting weak.

9. Take 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 it's time to say goodbye. Never say, "I just can't bear to watch it." 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.


Boxer Insane
aw, that is really sweet ... kinda made me sad, i dread the day that i notice asia's pretty burgandy fur start to gray but i know she will be well taken care of until the day she leaves us, which of course won't be anytime soon, but ya know! :)

i hate how some people forget puppies grow up and need training (they don't have human behavioral instincts is what i mean), then when they do grow up, without training, the owners just give up...


Boxer Buddy
How wonderful was that. I hope you don't mind that I do a cut/paste and send this along to my friends with dogs.

TT's Mom

Boxer Buddy
As I sit here with tears rolling down my face, I think about all the animals throughout the world, that will never know a loving, caring home, or that are chained to their dog house 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no human interaction, just a bucket of water and some food thrown at them every couple of days. Someone I know sometimes gets inpatient with their dogs, and yells. I see the animals cower, and it just breaks my heart. I would be so hurt if there was ever an animal that would cower when I reached to pet it.
I have always felt that God has intrusted us with the care of his amazing creatures. It makes me sad that as the higher species, humans do some of the most cruel and un-humane things to animals and other humans alike.

Julie P.

Completely Boxer Crazy
I loved this!

I, too, have tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing the Ten Commandments.
Spins1344 said:
4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends,your entertainment, I only have you.

Wow, this one really made me think! Willis's world; eating, drinking, playing and everything revolves around us. I knew that, but it just didn't hit me until now. When we are gone, he is alone and uncomfortable. He has no way of knowing when we'll be home. Poor guy. I am going to find him and give him a hug right now. Thanks for sharing.


Boxer Insane
#4 and #10 broke my heart :(

I never planned to go in with any of my dogs if I ever had to let them go...but reading that made me think that they do need someone they know around them... and as hard as it would be for me.. imagine how hard it would be for them.. being scared and not knowing why this was happeneing..but having everything slowly fade away.


Boxer Booster
Wow, that was deep! I always told my BF that he would have to take Sammy when it is that time. Sammy is only almost two, so I pray he has a long life a head of him. I don't think that I could bare the pain of watching him go. But I bet if I was beside him, he would go so peacefully. OMG, I am going to start to cry. My lab is at my parents (she can't get around my house, to many steps). She is having a lot of problems right now, and it makes me so sad that I will have to let her go some day here real soon. She has bumps all over her body pretty much, she having troubles getting up, and Sammy can't play with her anymore because she is so weak and fragile. That will definetly be hard.


Boxer Buddy
that was great...#10 made me cry. It really reminds you of how much your dog devotes himself to you and loves you. Don't you wish people could be like dogs in that aspect?!?!
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