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Paul Harvey's “Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner”
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Posted on 01/24/2010 9:35:58 AM PST by Daffynition

I want to share with you something I heard on Paul Harvey not long ago. It’s entitled, “Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner” as dictated by the pet.

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 entertainments. 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 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 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 difficult journey, 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 thing without God’s critters. Please pass this on to other pet owners.


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I tried to find the attribution of these "commandments" to Paul Harvey and was unable to do so. Most references were to "anonymous."

"For what it's worth.........."


1 posted on 01/24/2010 9:35:58 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for posting this. It is one of the nicest things I have ever read. I wish everyone could read this.


2 posted on 01/24/2010 9:42:44 AM PST by GinaLolaB
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To: Daffynition
11. Always clean up after me especially when I crap in your neighbor's yard. It's your fault I was outside and loose in the first place. Remember to appaulogize to your neighbor whenever this happens and tell them that you will do your best to make sure it never happens again, because I won't.
3 posted on 01/24/2010 9:42:55 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Daffynition
Couldn't agree more....especially #10.

I just recently had to put one of my three cats down; she was 19.5 years old...and just "ran out of gas".

At the vets, when told she was indeed dying, I told them I wanted to be in the room when they gave her the injection. My spouse, however, exited the room saying she "couldn't stand to watch"... (kind of lets me know where I'll be and who I'll be with (or without as the case may be) at that ultimate final moment!!).

As the injection went home, I was able to whisper into her ear words she'd heard her entire life with me (us?)...and I think that made things much easier on her.

4 posted on 01/24/2010 9:45:56 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (Keep your friends close......keep your enemies closer!)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for posting this!!


5 posted on 01/24/2010 9:47:33 AM PST by beericus (Putting the cool in conservatism, dip in the hip and a glid in the stride.)
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To: Daffynition
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

Not my dog. She forgets everything!

6 posted on 01/24/2010 9:50:49 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: GinaLolaB

Glad you liked it GLB.

When I think about it, these are the things you try to instill in your kids when they are growing up and wanting pets. Wish I had this list years ago. ;)


7 posted on 01/24/2010 9:57:54 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Dixie Yooper

8 posted on 01/24/2010 9:59:44 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

I picked up my pomeranian and hugged him after reaading this.


9 posted on 01/24/2010 10:02:48 AM PST by television is just wrong
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To: Logic n' Reason; Daffynition
Couldn't agree more....especially #10.

Dittos to that. My wife and I have lost 3 dogs and two cats through the years, we we were present every time they were put down, petting and kissing each one, telling them how good they were, etc and crying buckets. We had a particularly tough one this past summer, as our little corgi Molly only lived to be five years old after a year long battle with lymphoma. I agree it has to be more comforting to the pet to have us there.

Pets are definitely something to thank God for.

10 posted on 01/24/2010 10:03:28 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: GinaLolaB

I agree. I lost my beautiful loving little kitty girl last November. This brought tears to my eyes. If these rules are the test, I was a pretty good mom.


11 posted on 01/24/2010 10:05:10 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Daffynition
Everything is OK around here!

That's my favorite shirt with all the handy pockets she is sitting on, it's almost worn out but I still like it!


12 posted on 01/24/2010 10:05:19 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Logic n' Reason
"couldn't stand to watch"... (kind of lets me know where I'll be and who I'll be with (or without as the case may be) at that ultimate final moment!!)"

Having to euthanize a pet is traumatic and I'm sorry for the loss of your companion.

Before you mentioned it, I was thinking that the list above is quite appropriate if it ever comes to the care of a relative or friend who is dying.

"In the end, only kindness matters."

13 posted on 01/24/2010 10:05:53 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: beericus
Thanks for visiting.


14 posted on 01/24/2010 10:09:16 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

This is a cool sign.


15 posted on 01/24/2010 10:09:52 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: Logic n' Reason

What you said is true. My cat had cancer and was at the end of her line. After they gave the first injection I held her and talked to her and although the mass in her chest was pressing in on her lungs she purred at me. I was with her until she was beyond knowing.


16 posted on 01/24/2010 10:09:56 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You have a beautiful kitty.


17 posted on 01/24/2010 10:12:11 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Daffynition
my pleasure. I love my pups!! Photobucket
18 posted on 01/24/2010 10:17:00 AM PST by beericus (Putting the cool in conservatism, dip in the hip and a glid in the stride.)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for sharing. Paul Harvy’s words or not, it is a good reminder that they are only with us a short time so do not take them for granted. My Shiba Inu turns 11 years old next month and I am fearing the pain I will have to endure not that many years ahead. In the mean time he knows he’s loved.


19 posted on 01/24/2010 10:21:38 AM PST by NavyCanDo (America Rising 11-2-2010)
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To: Daffynition

For those needing a daily cute puppy fix you got to check out the live Puppy Cam.

http://www.ustream.tv/sfshiba

The breed is Shiba Inu who have the cutest puppies in the World in my opinion. Ours is now 11 years old.


20 posted on 01/24/2010 10:27:12 AM PST by NavyCanDo (America Rising 11-2-2010)
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To: NavyCanDo

Thank you. They are adorable!


21 posted on 01/24/2010 10:47:43 AM PST by yorkie
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To: Daffynition

I’ve seen that before. It was included in with paperwork package that came from my breeder when I bought my GSD.... all good advice.

I confess that I have done a much better job at keeping these Ten Commandments than I have with the ‘other’ one. ;>)

Now about cats.....

I have a GSD and he’s 18 months old. He is just an all out fun guy. He is good around other animals and he even tolerates my 26 chickens. We live in the sticks, near the top of a mountain on 5 acres.

We do not have a cat and I want one. However, I have no idea of what breed to buy.

To me, a cat is a cat is a cat, but I have likely been wrong on that. I need a cat that may adjust and live in harmony with the rest of my critters. I also like animals with a clearly present personality. Heck, chickens are dumb, but even some of my gils have distinct personalities.

So I ask anyone that reads this... any recommendations on a given breed of cat, or should I just head down to the pound and roll the dice?


22 posted on 01/24/2010 10:48:58 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: Logic n' Reason

Yes, #10 absolutely.

Don’t be mad at your wife, she will never have the memory of that moment that you hold. I suspect for anyone who abandons a pet at that point, the memory will be a reproach. Momentary weakness can have a high cost.

When I had to put down the finest hound-dog in the entire universe, that final moment was easy— far easier than what I’d anticipated. I held her tight and promised to take her home. I did, and buried her in the back. My wife and my son were with her too.

Looking back the whole thing— the trip to the vet and back, digging the hole and putting her in it and covering her up— was one of the easiest and most natural things I’ve ever done. Worrying about it before was hard, doing the office was easy. Later it got difficult, but what a comfort to know you’ve done all you could to return the love given to you.


23 posted on 01/24/2010 10:56:46 AM PST by tsomer
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To: NavyCanDo

I have always been a big dog guy. We had Dobermanns for 30 years, a Wiemeranier, a Chesapeake Bay retriever and now we gave a GSD.

Those Shiba Inu are so darn cute... I have never seen one. They remind me of a Fox.

Thanks for posting that.


24 posted on 01/24/2010 10:58:02 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: Daffynition

Hi Daffy, so sweet it was forwarded to many TY gg


25 posted on 01/24/2010 11:02:18 AM PST by goat granny
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To: GinaLolaB

LolaB,
I just called the wife and kid in to read it.


26 posted on 01/24/2010 11:56:21 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Get out of the peoples house and take that shelf ass ugly woman with ya.)
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To: Daffynition

I should not have read this - we have a 13yr old Rottie that’s going through liver failure and we’re doing everything to save her life.

Sigh.....


27 posted on 01/24/2010 1:04:11 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Gator113

I have always had good luck with orange tabby cats.


28 posted on 01/24/2010 1:11:00 PM PST by Muzzle_em (Taglines are for sissies.)
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To: goat granny
Hi gg

Good. I'm glad. It's something to look at now and again to remind us of our responsibility to critters in our care.


29 posted on 01/24/2010 1:11:24 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Flycatcher

30 posted on 01/24/2010 1:15:41 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: television is just wrong
Hug him once again for me!


31 posted on 01/24/2010 1:17:36 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Muzzle_em

Thanks. I’ll start my research with that breed.


32 posted on 01/24/2010 1:19:32 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: Sans-Culotte
I am sorry for your losses. Our pets give so much and are often worthy of more attention than they receive. Some lives are too brief.


33 posted on 01/24/2010 1:21:10 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
'Sniper, I'm surprised you haven't bought *Cat* her own camera ...the kind that hangs from the collar and records where she sees and where she goes. ;)


34 posted on 01/24/2010 1:25:44 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: beericus

Bundles of love! They’re great!


35 posted on 01/24/2010 1:26:48 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

Beautiful post. Thanks.


36 posted on 01/24/2010 1:31:02 PM PST by GOPJ (Happy Anniversary Barack! - - - Love, Massachusetts - - - FreeperGOPsterinMA)
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To: Gator113

Gator I’m surprised a stray cat hasn’t found you! Maybe your GSD is a better watch dog than you know.

Adding a pet to an existing family can change the dynamics. Personally, I never had a stray cat I didn’t love. Once assimilated, they grieved when another pet died ... and hissed and spat for a few days when a new one came into the fold.

I’d go to the shelter and give someone a home. But that’s just me ...I’m a sap for sad eyes.


37 posted on 01/24/2010 1:38:55 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Brytani

My deepest sympathies. It’s heart-wrenching. Just love her every day and give her a hug for me!

Having been through the events as you describe many, many times ...I always say “never again” ....but I do!


38 posted on 01/24/2010 1:42:44 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: NavyCanDo

That is OVERLOAD cute! Thanks for the link. Beautiful!


39 posted on 01/24/2010 1:46:24 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

“I’m a sap for sad eyes.”

LOL... So am I. My wife, also an animal lover, trembles at the thought of me going to a shelter for fear that I will bring home everything with a heartbeat. ;>)

Actually, the only stray cat in my neighborhood at the moment is a mommy Cougar and she won’t let me call her mine.

Having found a cat that I kinda liked on the net, starting at $1500, plus shipping.. Ouch. It is most likely that I will simply adopt some poor little female. I would get a male, but I think they spray and I don’t want to deal with that if I can help it.


40 posted on 01/24/2010 1:56:31 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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I know what you mean about going to the shelter or PetSmart or PetCo ... I can't walk by the cages without wanting to take all of them home. When I win the lottery, all of the stray local cats around here are going to be neutered or spayed and the local pet shelter (2nd Chance Animal Shelter in Killeen, TX) is going to find itself the beneficiary of a sizable donation.

But I've done what I can to save some local kittens (and, as it turned out, myself) ... I have four females in the house .. five, if you count my wife [smile] ..

Mitzi .. gray, black, and white .. was abandoned by her mother on our patio. We probably surprised the mother while she was moving her litter and she dropped Mitzi (all of 4.5 ounces) at the time. We nursed her for a few weeks .. I remember the 2AM feedings .. and now, seven and a half years later, she's Queen of the house at 14.5 pounds, holding herself aloof from us mere mortals. When my late wife died, I don't know what I would have done without Mitzi. She came down from her ivory tower and spent the next few lonely months comforting me.

Gracie .. a tortoiseshell calico .. came bounding up onto the porch out of the darkneess into my new wife's arms three Thanksgivings ago. Her role is the Rebel Duchess, constantly trying to find ways to annoy Mitzi. All of 10 pounds now, she is friendly when she wants to be but can turn on you in a second.

Rhiannon .. all gray .. and Sarah-Michael .. a dirty-white Siamese with black tips on her tail, ears, and muzzle .. are the new little Princesses of the manor. Both were adopted from litters born under our patio on Flag Day of 2009. Each at right around five pounds, they're playful and always hungry for attention. Rhiannon is the lap cat, always crawling up onto your lap or shoulders and falling asleep. Sarah-Michael is a "foot" cat; she doesn't really like to be held, but adores being petted and curling up next to you.

They've all been spayed and had their front claws removed and have free run of the house and the back porch. The back porch is enclosed with wooden lattice so they get the feel of being outside without the danger of actually being outside.

41 posted on 01/24/2010 2:16:11 PM PST by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: Gator113

Heh. Tell me about it.

It was a couple of years before I had my own home with a yard when I came back stateside, where I felt I could responsibly have a dog. During those painful years, I yearned so. LOL

Once settled, I made an appointment with a breeder to see his litter ... only one male left he said ...so I rushed over. He pulled out the “male” and as I was playing with the pup, noticed it wasn’t a male. Ahem. He put her back into the kennel and I played with the male in front of me. The female, was so upset ...she yelped a scratched at the kennel door with a fury.

After negotiating a price, on my way to the car with the male, I turned around and asked the breeder, “How much for two?”

I was suckered. She turned out to be one the finest dogs I ever owned. The male, not so much.

Take someone level-headed with you when you go. That’s my advice. ;)


42 posted on 01/24/2010 2:26:06 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: BlueLancer

Great story Lancer! You’ve been blessed!


43 posted on 01/24/2010 2:28:47 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
Yep. I think on that note, I'll take Riley for a walk.

This is Riley:


This is Riley.

44 posted on 01/24/2010 2:35:14 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

OMG! My heart just melted!


45 posted on 01/24/2010 2:38:26 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Gator113
So I ask anyone that reads this... any recommendations on a given breed of cat, or should I just head down to the pound and roll the dice?

Russian Blue. They are the closest thing you'll ever get to a dog that says "meow."

46 posted on 01/24/2010 2:45:50 PM PST by papertyger (Representation without taxation is tyranny!)
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To: BlueLancer

Thank you for that post, I enjoyed it very much.

I will now be shopping all week and by next weekend, I should have a cat for my 18 month old GSD to start getting used to. He should be fine, he adjusted to our free range chickens very quickly. ;>)

Falco gets a raw quarter chicken a day with his meal, so I had worried that he would see them as walking snacks, but he decided they were just something else that he needed to watch over and protect.


47 posted on 01/24/2010 2:56:52 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: papertyger

Thanks, I’ll check them out. I did a quick look on the net... smart looking chaps.


48 posted on 01/24/2010 3:00:55 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: Daffynition
Just called in my wife and mother-in-law to read the Paul Harvey post.

They both nearly cried

Women...!

LOL Thanks!

49 posted on 01/24/2010 3:07:06 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

LOL ...like critters, these words touch us deeply. ;D


50 posted on 01/24/2010 3:20:11 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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