Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Pet's 10 Commandments...

(Thanks to my cousin Sharon for passing this along!)


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. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't 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 could hurt you, 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 I'm 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 ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't 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 more dull, less joyful experience without God's critters.

~ We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

I thought of the wonderful, special pets I've had in my life who have gone on to wait for me on the other side (my cat Ruffles, and dogs Chelsea & Brigit).... and the one I'm currently nurturing. It will break my heart if Skeeter has to leave - even tho' he'd be going back with my son Alex. Skeeter & I have bonded & he has become part of my family!


  1. This was so beautiful!
    I still cry at the thought of my mother taking 2 of my babies to the vets when I was just a child, and of my not being there with them.
    I've never let another one go home alone, since.

  2. Great post, very touching and so true. Thanks.