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

Give me time to understand what you want of me.

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

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.

Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

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

Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

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.

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

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 duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.

©1993 Stan Rawlinson

Our Gratitude to Stan Rawlinson for permission to share this article.

Stan Rawlinson MTCBPT. MPAACT A.dipCCB is the Chairman of Chairman of PAACT, the Professional Association of Applied Canine Trainers, and The Original Doglistener.  He is a professional full time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.

Please visit his website at www.doglistener.co.uk for more articles and training information.

NOTE:  Humanity Healing has updated and rereleased this article after we discovered and made contact with the original writer of this article.

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