10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You..
- My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
- Give me time to understand what you want of me.
- Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
- Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
- You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.
- Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
- Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
- Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
- Before you scold me for being uncooperative,obstinate,or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.
- Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. ♥…!!
#5 hurt my heart.
I’m reblogging this because it’s very important for people to understand that their pets are living beings, with minds and personalities of their own.
Dogs are pack animals. They want to belong to a pack.
When you bring a dog home, you are inviting him into your pack. He looks to you for instruction. Every member of the pack has a job. If you don’t give him instructions on how to be part of the pack, he will not know that you are the leader, and assume that role.
The most important thing to remember is that animals are not human. They cannot and do not think the way we do. They don’t understand that your favorite pair of shoes cost you a month’s salary. Don’t get mad at him because you were not smart enough to put those expensive shoes where he can’t reach them. Chances are, he’s only chewing them because he misses you. He found an item with your scent and latched onto it. He’s not human. He doesn’t understand material value.
Don’t pick an animal for it’s cuteness. Pick one that suits your lifestyle. If you’re a couch potato, don’t pick an active breed.
Choose the animal that comes to you. If he cowers or shows no interest in you, move on.
One last thing before I give up the soap box. Please consider rescuing your next pet from a shelter.
Visit your local ASPCA and see the many pure bred animals waiting for a home. Rescued pets understand and don’t forget that they have been rescued. They will show their appreciation forever. Rescued pets are house broken, and are very often healthier than those found in a pet store, which often come from puppy mills.
ASPCA Adoptions: http://www.aspca.org/adoption