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Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner
WebSleuths.com ^ | Paul Harvey [?]

Posted on 01/24/2010 12:29:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

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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Very true!

Found by corbie, posted by request.

1 posted on 01/24/2010 12:29:07 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 01/24/2010 12:30:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank-you for your excellent posting Slings And Arrows. :)=^..^=


3 posted on 01/24/2010 12:30:52 PM PST by Biggirl (WELCOME BACK JIM!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It is a good measure of a person’s character in how they treat their animals. Not talking about the people with mental problems that actually hurt their pets but think they are helping (ie hoarders), but the average person.


4 posted on 01/24/2010 12:32:17 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Biggirl; corbie

The thanks should really go to corbie, but I’m happy to steal the credit.


5 posted on 01/24/2010 12:32:18 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s beautiful. Thank you.


6 posted on 01/24/2010 12:33:46 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Okay for some reason I’ve been needing a good cry lately. Thanks for making that happen.


7 posted on 01/24/2010 12:34:54 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Liberals are mentally ill.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Someone should put this together as a blueprint for a Bible of sorts for how to properly deal with Animals. For the record, God did not give us animals so we could do whatever we want to them.


8 posted on 01/24/2010 12:39:46 PM PST by Evan Askanazi
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To: Slings and Arrows
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.

I'm always awed when I see my 120 pound Newfoundland mix eat
a large bone like I would eat a piece of candy. Then take a
treat from my four year old grandson with the finesse of a
brain surgeon.

9 posted on 01/24/2010 12:40:46 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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. My beloved Toby will make this journey tomorrow. He was diagnosed last week with canine dilative cardiomyopathy and is not responding to treatment. Barring a miracle we be faced with no other choice. I just lost my mother and now my best friend. I can't bear this but I will for him.
10 posted on 01/24/2010 12:43:01 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Slings and Arrows; AnAmericanMother

This brought tears to my eyes.


11 posted on 01/24/2010 12:44:29 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Slings and Arrows

Huge bump...


12 posted on 01/24/2010 12:47:37 PM PST by Chuck54 (Dollar-A-Day Freeper (on fixed income). Join the club please.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Don’t forget the buffoons that spoil their pets, overfeed them, dress them in stupid clothes, and fail to train them, fail to discipline them...and in some cases, even fail to house break them.

Those are the real nutjobs.


13 posted on 01/24/2010 12:48:06 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: CrazyIvan

Even a 90 pound child can bite off your finger.


14 posted on 01/24/2010 12:49:30 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Tearjerker.


15 posted on 01/24/2010 12:50:15 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: kalee

I’m very sorry. Please hug him for me.


16 posted on 01/24/2010 12:51:31 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank you for the beautiful post. I’m almost 50 and never had a dog. I just got my first puppy. He’s a 9 week old beagle mix. A real handful, but such a joy to have around. Thanks.


17 posted on 01/24/2010 12:53:37 PM PST by mouse1
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To: kalee

Hats off to you - a very hard thing to do, under very difficult circumstances.


18 posted on 01/24/2010 12:56:31 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Slings and Arrows

11) When we go for a walk let me stop and smell the urine. I can’t explain it to you but it is endlessly fascinating to me.


19 posted on 01/24/2010 12:58:01 PM PST by DManA
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To: kalee
My beloved Toby will make this journey tomorrow. He was diagnosed last week with canine dilative cardiomyopathy and is not responding to treatment. Barring a miracle we be faced with no other choice. I just lost my mother and now my best friend. I can't bear this but I will for him.

God bless you and your friend Toby. Miss Emily and I will be thinking of you.

20 posted on 01/24/2010 12:58:09 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Posted earlier today: Paul Harvey's Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner

I thought blogs had to be posted in a special area.

Glad others are seeing this though.

21 posted on 01/24/2010 12:59:33 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: mouse1

Congratulations! You’re in for a life-experience.


22 posted on 01/24/2010 12:59:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: kalee

kalee, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your beloved Toby during this painful time.
This poem always brought me peace and comfort when I lost a beloved pet:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...


23 posted on 01/24/2010 1:01:21 PM PST by GoRepGo (Always drink upstream from the herd)
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To: Daffynition

I don’t read Bloggers very often. If you post something like this in the future, let me know and I’ll gladly ping it.


24 posted on 01/24/2010 1:01:28 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: DManA

that is called “checking pee-mail!”
lol


25 posted on 01/24/2010 1:01:56 PM PST by Muzzle_em (Taglines are for sissies.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I broke the 10th commandment. Only once. That was 6 years ago. I felt like a coward. Never again.


26 posted on 01/24/2010 1:08:30 PM PST by LiberConservative
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To: Slings and Arrows

Is this copyrighted or can I reprint it in our Humane Society newsletter if I give credit to the author?


27 posted on 01/24/2010 1:12:20 PM PST by kempster
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To: Slings and Arrows

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOXP2

The FOXP2 gene is carried by many mammals, and is closely associated with speech in several ways. Humans have a unique mutation of the gene that makes it much easier for us to talk to each other.

The human mutation of FOXP2 was transplanted into mice DNA, and resulted in “chatty” mice, that spent much of their time chattering with each other. It also increase their vocal range.

It is generally believed that smarter dogs can understand in context as many as 300 human words.

So the big question becomes, “What if the human mutation of FOXP2 was put into a fertilized dog ova, and the resulting puppies were born and raised?”

It is unlikely that dogs could contextually speak many words, and likely they would be monosyllabic. Say perhaps only a dozen, that they could use consistently and accurately.

But if this was the case, what dozen words would you like your dog to be able to say to you, to communicate with you? Some that come to mind are:

Yes, No, Pain, Thirsty, Alert, Come, Play, Potty, and the ever popular Love.

Note that this is very different from the “talking dogs” videos, in that those are more or less parroting on command, but this would be spontaneous and with a purpose.


28 posted on 01/24/2010 1:15:44 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: LiberConservative

It’s a hard thing to do, but I also always stay with them in the end. I want the last thing they are aware of to be me, and I think it comforts them. But, I had one dog who had a difficult time with the injection. Fortunately my next 2 died at home or on the way to the vet, and I have decided that the next one, I will have them sedated first.


29 posted on 01/24/2010 1:17:01 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: kempster

AFAIK, it’s been floating around Teh Internets for quite a while. I doubt there will be any problem reprinting it. (The Paul Harvey authorship is questionable, BTW.)


30 posted on 01/24/2010 1:17:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A great post and one of the things which separate Americans from so many other cultures. We treat dogs like family...and rightly so.


31 posted on 01/24/2010 1:17:36 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: kalee

Kalee..
First a hug for you..
*HUG*
I went through this with my beloved Collie.
I know how hard this is.
To end their suffering, we must love them more than ourselves.
May beloved memories sustain you...
Ms.B


32 posted on 01/24/2010 1:17:36 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve never met a good/likable person who didn’t like dogs.


33 posted on 01/24/2010 1:19:36 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: kempster
I think it would be ok if you posted this in your newsletter. It's posted at many sites and the original author isn't known.

Link

34 posted on 01/24/2010 1:23:31 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Slings and Arrows

~snif~

Finally...words to match my heart. Thanks!


35 posted on 01/24/2010 1:26:01 PM PST by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for ForgotenKnight my Army hero and Anoreth warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Go to a non-anglo country some time. You will learn that we are the exception, not the rule.


36 posted on 01/24/2010 1:26:08 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: kalee

Kalee,

“To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.”


37 posted on 01/24/2010 1:27:13 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: GoRepGo

If I ever need a good cry, all I have to do is THINK about that piece.


38 posted on 01/24/2010 1:27:51 PM PST by Julia H. (Freedom of speech and freedom from criticism are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
This is beautiful. Ty for the ping S&A....and I dedicate this to the creatures that have blessed my life in the past few years:


39 posted on 01/24/2010 1:33:58 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

You’re welcome.

Interesting bunch of critters. Makes me suspect you’ll enjoy this, if you haven’t already:

http://www.shady-acres.com/susan/squirrel.shtml


40 posted on 01/24/2010 1:44:35 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: kalee

Yesterday we helped our oldest Basset make the final journey. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in December and made it 7 weeks before his respiratory system started giving out this past week. My heart goes with you.


41 posted on 01/24/2010 1:51:37 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: brytlea

Thanks for offering your perspective. The cat I put down was the main reason I became a cat lover to begin with. I can’t see living at all without at least having one cat. Looking back I just made it worse by not wanting to be there. Saddest moment of my life. I have two “sweeties” now so I will probably go through that again. But neither of them will go through it alone if I have anything to do with it. I learned a very painful lesson.


42 posted on 01/24/2010 2:05:34 PM PST by LiberConservative
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To: Slings and Arrows
I tell my cats this all the time.















Oh, you mean it's the cat speaking...
43 posted on 01/24/2010 2:06:56 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: LiberConservative

When I worked for a vet’s MOST people didn’t stay. Of course, the vets and techs are very caring and kind to them, but I do think they are less afraid if they have someone they know there. The good thing tho, is they do not know they are going to die. I think that’s a blessing.


44 posted on 01/24/2010 2:12:42 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: kalee
From my heart, and the hearts of Zippy, Castor, Pollux, Quatorze, Emily, Puffin, Isis, Bishop and the budgies;

We truly feel for you in your difficult time. Thank you for letting us know about your unpleasant duty, if only to strenghthen our bond with each other.

It's the promise we make our little friends when we take them on: That when life becomes a burden for them, we will ease that burden as much as we can, and when that cannot be eased, we will release them from their suffering.

Toby will be waiting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge for you, just like Zooters, Muttley, Buttercup, Scraps, Snoopy, Mephistopheles, Kajira, and Sparky wait for me. Perhaps they'll be playing together!

45 posted on 01/24/2010 2:17:02 PM PST by Don W (I only keep certain folks' numbers in my 'phone so I know NOT to answer when they call)
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To: Slings and Arrows
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

I try to avoid talking to my dogs, though I forget a LOT, and to not use a bunch of extra words they don't understand. I want them to know that when they hear a word from me it means something, and they should know what that something is. I would think that having someone talking to you all the time but only understanding a tiny bit of what was said and not even knowing if you were supposed to understand would be quite stressful.

46 posted on 01/24/2010 2:17:40 PM PST by Darth Reardon (Im running for the US Senate for a simple reason, I want to win a Nobel Peace Prize - Rubio)
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To: Slings and Arrows

OMG......that was hysterical and the best laugh I’ve had in ages. Thank you...I had not seen that one.

I didn’t keep my baby gray as they really are very destructive in nature and their instinct (apparently didn’t resonate with ‘William’ in the story though)is to be ‘out there’ but he was a joy to raise to the age and he came back to me for months. Then I like to think that he went forth and multiplied! lol

Thx again.


47 posted on 01/24/2010 2:17:44 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: brytlea

Never trust a person who does not love dogs.


48 posted on 01/24/2010 2:22:49 PM PST by dtrpscout (A bad dog is better than most good people.)
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To: martin_fierro

I hope this means your cats AREN’T going to have you put to sleep.


49 posted on 01/24/2010 2:23:27 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

You’re very welcome.


50 posted on 01/24/2010 2:24:42 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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