The 10 Commandments From a Dogs's Point of View
My life is likely to last 10-15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.
Give me time to understand what you want from me; don't be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.
Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.
Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you.
Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail.
Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it, and if it's cruel, it may affect me forever.
Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I really don't ever want to do that.
Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods or I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.
Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.
© Stan Rawlinson 1993
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You don't know me, but I wanted to write to you about your wonderful 'Ten Commandments for Dogs', to let you know how much these special words are still appreciated - 20years after you first copyrighted the list, and from the other side of our world.
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I read this first at my vet, it really moved me and the words always stayed with me. My dog is now 12yrs old. She is diabetic and going blind. I had to bring Sally back over to the vet at the weekend and asked the vet where she got this verse from. I have since printed it out and framed it. Every time I read it I cry. It totally breaks my heart to read no.10 as I know that day will be coming soon. I got word that Sally has chronic liver damage and it is now downhill but at the moment she is not suffering but when she is…… One of the most lovely verses ever written, a true animal lover composed it.
A very intelligent and caring person wrote that – and more have shared it. Thank you all.
When I first read the Ten Commandments I was awe struck. It took my breath away, furthermore it brought me to tears. I was ashamed of myself for being in considerate of my animal friends. Needless to say it has change me a great deal. I immediately made a copy of it and changed the title to ” The Ten Commandments I make to Riley,” Riley, my best buddy and friend past away this past week.
My wife and I had to make that decision. A decision that came easier knowing that he was suffering. I sent a note to Riley’s and my friends, commemorating his passing and with it I pasted a copy of the Ten Commandments. I have received more comment about the beautiful attachment. All pet owners should be required to make sign this commitment before they purchase a pet.
I just had to put my dog of 14 years down this past week, it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I have printed this and will post it at the shelter where I volunteer. It is something every one should follow, I will share with all my animal loving friends and familyThis is one of the most important thing that pet owners will ever read. thank you for posting and writing this. Im sending this to all my pet owning friends and family members.
My mommy has that hanging on our fridge. i wish everyone who has an animal friend in their life would live by these rules.
Lovely, it’s a wake-up call. Being there until the very end truly counts.
Through good times and bad times, keep in mind that owning a pet is a sacred commitment.
This post is so beautiful. I have never looked at some things this way. As Tandblekning said, this is a wake up call.
I hope more pet lovers will read this post and get a new view on their little furry friends.
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Surrey, BC Canada
So you know , from the bottom of my heart thank you for taking the time to write the "A Pet's Ten Commandments" ! With coming onto the 1st yr anniversary of our beloved Rotti going over the Rainbow Bridge, I know hell is coming back to our home. Our Boy was everyones boy, Maxwell, was the Doggy Husband, for protection and a restful night sleep for the children and me, the big brother to three kids who's father was overseas almost all their childhood serving the US Navy, he was the gentle giant when that hubby and big brother return home injuried from the War! He was the the personal assistant to our baby who lived in a body cast for six months at age 11 months, the dog catcher when a unknown dog pinned our other daughter up against a wall, the big dog at the vet office when he stood there for over a hour giving his blood to a litter of resuced Rottis, he was our daughters and my extra pillow when we came home to recover after being hit by a drunk driver, our tear remover when we held a vigil at my son's bedside, when he was struck by a car and fought with all his might, and my unconditional love when I the momma, his momma was diagnoised with cancer. Four months after my surgeries were done, Our boy suffered a stroke and we knew he wanted to go home.