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Jun 13, 2012

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ANIMAL GUARDIANSHIP

1. When you adopt me, remember that my life is likely to last 15 to 20
years. Please don't forsake me, any separation from you is painful.

2. Please give me time to understand what it is you want from me. Change can be more difficult for me than for you.

3. Please don't be angry with me for a long time, and don't lock me up
alone as punishment. You have your human family, your friends, your
entertainment and I ONLY HAVE YOU!!!

4. Please trust me and help me to trust you . . . it is crucial for mine as well as your well being.

5. Talk to me . . . even if you think I don't understand your words I
understand your voice and love when you speak to me and stroke me.

6. Before you hit me remember that I have teeth and claws and could easily
hurt you but I choose not to bite and scratch you because I love you.

7. Be aware, that however you treat me, I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative or bad, ask yourself if
maybe something is wrong and there is another reason for my behavior.
Perhaps I am sick, hot, old or just plain tired, frustrated and weak.
PLEASE TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ME AND PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE.

9. Please take care of me when I get old and don't
abandon me, for you too will grow old. Please notice when I am ill
because I need you to take me to the vet for help when I am ill just as
you need to see a doctor.

10. Go with me on the most difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch"
or "Do it when I leave" because I need you with me even at the end of my journeys.
Please always do what is best for me even if it is unbearable for you to do so
because I love you and trust that you will.

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Posted: Wednesday June 13, 2012, 9:36 am
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Carolyn P. (97)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 10:47 am
Walk with me twice a day in the fresh air and dont forget I like to eat vegetables like you, not onions or the cooked in fat ones, but greens, raw carrots, etc and I want to look after you, be with you and protect our home, so please don't leave me outside in the heat or cold or chained up. Your loving forever furry friend.

Spencer Young (98)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 2:32 pm
These are wonderful ten commandments to live by. I was so enjoying them until i came to number ten and I then just broke down sobbing like a little boy. Staying with my best friends until their last breath has always been hell. The kind of hell you must do for them. I seriously don't know why this one hit me so hard except for maybe it's the highest honor you can give your pet.

Elaine Al Meqdad (220)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 8:52 am
Spencer, bless your heart, it shows how much you love animals as well! You are so right. Number 10 just kills me because for 40 years of rescuing animals and having them for 20+ years or whether it's only a few. Saying goodbye for now, until me meet again...Never gets any easier. Just always remember that we WILL be with them again as God creates NOTHING in vain!

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