Skip to comments.Paul Harvey's “Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner”
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. Its 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. Dont be angry with me for long and dont 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 dont 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 Im 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 cant bear to watch. Dont 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 Gods critters. Please pass this on to other pet owners.
"For what it's worth.........."
Thanks for posting this. It is one of the nicest things I have ever read. I wish everyone could read this.
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.
Thanks for posting this!!
Not my dog. She forgets everything!
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. ;)
I picked up my pomeranian and hugged him after reaading this.
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.
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.
That's my favorite shirt with all the handy pockets she is sitting on, it's almost worn out but I still like it!
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."
This is a cool sign.
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.
You have a beautiful kitty.
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.
For those needing a daily cute puppy fix you got to check out the live Puppy Cam.
The breed is Shiba Inu who have the cutest puppies in the World in my opinion. Ours is now 11 years old.
Thank you. They are adorable!
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?
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.
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.
Hi Daffy, so sweet it was forwarded to many TY gg
I just called the wife and kid in to read it.
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.
I have always had good luck with orange tabby cats.
Good. I'm glad. It's something to look at now and again to remind us of our responsibility to critters in our care.
Thanks. I’ll start my research with that breed.
Bundles of love! They’re great!
Beautiful post. Thanks.
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.
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!
That is OVERLOAD cute! Thanks for the link. Beautiful!
“Im 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.
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.
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. ;)
Great story Lancer! You’ve been blessed!
This is Riley:
This is Riley.
OMG! My heart just melted!
Russian Blue. They are the closest thing you'll ever get to a dog that says "meow."
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.
Thanks, I’ll check them out. I did a quick look on the net... smart looking chaps.
They both nearly cried
LOL ...like critters, these words touch us deeply. ;D