Friday, August 21, 2009

A Dog's Ten Commandments

Thanks to Tiffany Porter of Encinitas for this wonderful sentiment. It came to her from her nephew, a dog trainer.

A Dog's Ten Commandments

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.

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. 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!


  1. Hi Lillian,

    I'm a volunteer dog-walker at the Carlsbad shelter and am so happy to see the updated pictures of Lara! She looks wonderful and it’s nice to see her smiling – I remember her from her heavier days. What a lucky dog she was to find you.

    Sometimes I look at the Lost and Found section of the website and I remember seeing Barney and worrying so much about what would happen to him. I never saw him in person, he was probably in the back. He looks like a beautiful and proud dog now, what a difference – thanks for all you guys do.

    The 10 Commandments are great too, I’m going to print them out; I can't have dogs where I live, but I do have cats!


  2. Those commandments are beautiful and spot on. I'm saving this one. Lara is so beautiful.