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Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner

I found this while stumbling around and I wanted to share it.

Paul Harvey's ďTen Commandments for a Responsible Pet OwnerĒ

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

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

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Donít be angry with me for long and donít lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I donít understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.

10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you canít bear to watch. Donít make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without Godís critters.
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That always brings tears to my eyes.

Until I get to this one:

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7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.
For some reason, it always makes me laugh. Probably because it was meant for dogs and it's so funny to think of that coming from one of my girls.

Great post, Rae.

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For some reason, it always makes me laugh. Probably because it was meant for dogs and it's so funny to think of that coming from one of my girls.
It does apply for my boys, I can only think once that Teddy bit me on purpose.
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Oh wait, were you talking about the crush your hand thing?
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Lovely sentiments. Thanks for sharing.
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Oh wait, were you talking about the crush your hand thing?
Yes.

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Charlee and Cali, BONECRUSHERS!

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10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you canít bear to watch. Donít make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.
This always makes me cry. It was so hard to be there with Velvet, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I do understand when people are unable to stay, as my husband had to leave the room. But when I hear of people dropping their pet off and leaving it just bothers me. Poor furbabies.

Great post, Raecarrow.
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I tried to skip that one, makes me cry every time. I was there for Cinderella, and I'll be there for my other girls, but I understand why people can't be there.

Next time (which will hopefully be a long time from now), I'll bring a friend. I probably shouldn't have been driving home.

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I almost didn't post this because of number 10, not because I didn't agree with it. I do 100%, but as you guys mentioned, I also understand that sometimes, some people can't be there for their furbabies.
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