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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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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t know who said it but it is true, If you want a friend in life get a dog.


51 posted on 01/24/2010 2:25:54 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Muzzle_em

I wonder if the little marking spritz is chemically different from the early morning bladder evacuation? Be neat if they were communicating something more then “I was here”. Sure seems like it. Sometimes my guy will study one for 3 solid minutes. Others he just ignores.


52 posted on 01/24/2010 2:27:14 PM PST by DManA
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To: brytlea
When my mother's Pekingese, Penny, was old (16 years old), she was in terrible health and failing. My mother didn't want to put her down, but it was getting to be too much to take care of her. We all went with her to the hospital; my mother, sister, grandmother, and I, loving on her and offering her kisses and gentle words. She was surrounded by loving women, all comforting her, and went quickly.

My precious Pekingese, Muffin, had to be put down when she was 12. The Vet told me what time he would do it, so I specifically took off of work and went to the Vet hospital to be by her side. My sister was in school and my mother had the stomach flu, so it would be just the two of us; but it was enough for me that she was not alone.

When I got there, I was informed that it had already happened earlier in the day and they had already disposed of her body. No goodbyes, no loving embraces, no last kisses.

It's getting difficult to swallow, twenty years later, just thinking about it.

I never used that vet again.

53 posted on 01/24/2010 2:28:22 PM PST by TheWriterTX (-)
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To: DManA

“I can’t explain it to you but it is endlessly fascinating to me.”

PEE-Mail


54 posted on 01/24/2010 2:29:51 PM PST by EEDUDE
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To: brytlea
My dad, who died four years ago today, adored my Dutch bunny, Hazlenut. Hazelnut suffered a severe stroke the day after Dad passed away, and the vet had to euthanize her the day after that.

I didn't stay, because I knew for a certainty that Dad had returned for her.

55 posted on 01/24/2010 2:32:10 PM PST by 6323cd (I Am Jim Thompson)
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To: dtrpscout

I agree. And even moreso, I never trust anyone my dog doesn’t like.


56 posted on 01/24/2010 2:39:16 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: 6323cd

I would not ever talk someone into staying if they didn’t want to. People have different levels of what they can do. It would make me feel worse tho, not to have been there.


57 posted on 01/24/2010 2:40:51 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea

I know, I was angry at myself for a while for that; however, I got the distinct impression the vet’s staff would have preferred me not staying. I may be wrong, but that was the feeling I got (I must admit I wasn’t thinking very clearly that morning).


58 posted on 01/24/2010 2:44:34 PM PST by 6323cd (I Am Jim Thompson)
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To: Darth Reardon

We talk to the dogs constantly. But they know intonation. If I am telling them no, they recognize the tone I am speaking in and react... and all but a new adoption by my daughter are basset hounds... hounds are notorious for selective hearing.


59 posted on 01/24/2010 3:05:15 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I hope this means your cats AREN’T going to have you put to sleep.

Me, too.

But I suspect a plot's afoot...!

60 posted on 01/24/2010 3:14:08 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DManA

LOL!


61 posted on 01/24/2010 3:28:15 PM PST by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Aww crap.. I have this dog, a young American Bulldog, she drives me crazy, but these commandments are absolutely right.. that dog could kill me at the drop of a hat, and yet she loves me.. I will think of this post every time I get mad at her..


62 posted on 01/24/2010 3:33:12 PM PST by Paradox (ObamaCare = Logan's Run ; There is no Sanctuary!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks Slings & Arrows. Pets are really like that; totally amazing friends every day, not just on the days they feel like it. I am so grateful for my animal friends.


63 posted on 01/24/2010 3:43:36 PM PST by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: kalee

I’m so sorry. God will give you the strength and be with you through it; I know you will be there for your friend. I’ve been through it with my first dog and I had to be happy that my friend wasn’t suffering any more, even though I missed her so much.


64 posted on 01/24/2010 3:46:17 PM PST by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: ops33
If you want a friend in life get a dog.

Or two! Photobucket

65 posted on 01/24/2010 3:48:11 PM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: DManA

I think it is a way of communicating.
My female lab used to save up and spritz in about 15 different locations on her daily walks. She would also lick weeds or drag them through her mouth to leave saliva.


66 posted on 01/24/2010 3:57:14 PM PST by Muzzle_em (Taglines are for sissies.)
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To: kalee

I’m so sorry about what you are facing, but you are doing the right thing. FWIW at one time we struggled with this decision re: a pet that was obviously in his last days. The vet said, “He wants to go, but he’s hanging on — not because he wants to, but because you want him to.”

Prayers up for you in this really hard time.


67 posted on 01/24/2010 4:04:10 PM PST by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: Slings and Arrows

bumping the baaawwwww


68 posted on 01/24/2010 4:20:19 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are using your brain's electrical system as a receiver)
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To: ops33

Cat too, provided you let the cat pick you.


69 posted on 01/24/2010 5:07:15 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats are the best....I bond the some of them so quick....I see right inside their souls.....and I know they see mine.


70 posted on 01/24/2010 5:13:40 PM PST by Fawn
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To: kalee
I am so sorry for your poor Toby. Prayers for your both.
71 posted on 01/24/2010 5:21:39 PM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh Gosh. Number 10 makes me cry. I had to put my cat down several months ago and I couldn’t stay in the room with her because I couldn’t bare to watch. Now I feel aweful!


72 posted on 01/24/2010 6:24:45 PM PST by sistabrista
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks for posting this beautiful piece of work. I’m going to print and frame it.

My wife and I recently lost our beloved German Shepard, “Buddy.”

He was a stray who showed up on the door steps of our farm house one Friday night in May 2006. He was either left at the bridge near our home or came upstream from somewhere, either lost or abandoned; we don’t know.

It appeared that he had “wintered-out” because he weighed 20 lbs, had noncontagious mange on his underbelly, paws, legs and head. His vertibrae and pelvis were protruding from under his skin and he had nearly 100 ticks on his body. “Buddy” was UNRECOGNIZABLE as a German Shepard and was near death the night I opened my front door and found him sitting there looking up at me.

We kept him for the weekend to decide whether to turn him over to the County Animal Control for destruction or to try to save him. We decided to give him a chance for life.

The veteranarian determined that “Buddy” was about a nine-month old Standard Black and Tan German Shepard. His growth, we would later determine, was stunted by his time as a stray. “Buddy” did recover and grew to become an absolutely beautiful Shepard and extremely loving companion for my wife and me.

“Buddy” disappeared from our home near the Tar River at NC Highway 96 on November 28, 2009 sometime around 3:30 in the afternoon as we recall last seeing him. We only pray that someone may have picked him up and has given him a good home.

Our hearts are broken.


73 posted on 01/24/2010 7:28:53 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 (Semper Fi!)
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To: kalee
Do not be afraid. I have done this. It is hard. But you can do it. Toby needs you there - it's our prerogative as masters, but it's also our burden.

The vet doesn't care if you cry. When we had to put my Finny down, the vet, my husband, our two children and I held it together for Finny, stroking him and talking to him gently, til he peacefully breathed his last -- then we all bawled our eyes out. The vet too.

Prayers for you and for Toby. And especially for you on the loss of your mother.

74 posted on 01/24/2010 7:57:08 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Joe Marine 76

Our 17 yr old poodle disappeared one night. We never saw him again. People tell me he went off to die, but he was in good health. The last time I saw him, he was messing around in the flower bed. The very worst is not knowing what happened to him. We live in a neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and no one saw him. He just disappeared. That was 5 yrs ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. I just hope someone kind picked him up and gave him a good home. He had been with us since he was a puppy. He was blind and deaf. I only wish I had gone out and got him instead of waiting for him to come back to the door. I think he may have lost his way in the dark because he was blind. But he should have died with us.


75 posted on 01/24/2010 9:14:43 PM PST by beckysueb (Scott Brown is a start. Lets keep it going.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Amen to all of them.

Now, don’t make me cry darn it!


76 posted on 01/24/2010 9:20:45 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: kalee

My prayers are with you.


77 posted on 01/24/2010 9:21:51 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: sistabrista; 6323cd; brytlea

Help needed here.


78 posted on 01/24/2010 9:30:19 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: kalee

I am so sorry to hear about this, kalee. I will be praying for you as you go through whatever will be, it is never easy to say goodbye, but it is part of life, unfortunately. We love them the best we can and cherish their memories forever. May the Lord help you through this and comfort you.


79 posted on 01/24/2010 9:51:38 PM PST by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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To: sistabrista

Please don’t feel bad. When we had to put down our 15 yr. old Emily who had cancer, I stayed until right until the vet gave the shot. My husband stayed with her through the end and said she went very quickly and peacefully. I stayed outside the room bawling my eyes out.

We do what we think we can, but I am sure your baby knew you were “there”. My husband and I cried together afterwards some more. But it was a relief that she wasn’t suffering anymore. Don’t kick yourself, sweetie, forgive yourself.


80 posted on 01/24/2010 10:19:02 PM PST by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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To: kalee
I'm sorry to hear about Toby. In June our beloved 15 year old Border Collie made his last visit to the vet. My son and I held and talked to him to the very end. They go peacefully if that helps any. My son who was 17 insisted on being there, they were inseparable since he was two. The dog would wait at the window until he returned from school each day. I bawled not only for the dog but for him too.
81 posted on 01/25/2010 3:24:18 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

speaking of squirrels, this story has been around since at least 1995:

http://www.vtwinmama.com/demonic_squirrel_riding_story.htm


82 posted on 01/25/2010 5:19:02 AM PST by fnord (497 and a half feet of rope? ... oh, I just carry it.)
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To: MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; sandalwood; ...

RDO Woof


83 posted on 01/25/2010 5:22:09 AM PST by kanawa
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To: 6323cd

Any time I’ve had to put a pet down, I pay first, then have the vet do it while I comfort my animal. I’ve always felt so bad for the pet owners trying to settle up while blubbering at the counter, can’t stand the thought of doing it then. I just wanna get home to cuddle the ones waiting.

I assume pets recognise death as well, & give them a chance to say goodbye before burial or cremation when I can. It must be awful waiting & expecting your buddy to come home when they won’t be.


84 posted on 01/25/2010 6:03:37 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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To: beckysueb

You’re right.. “the very worst is not knowing.” That’s what bothers me and my wife the most. Thanks, JM


85 posted on 01/25/2010 6:41:09 AM PST by Joe Marine 76 (Semper Fi!)
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To: kalee
Kalee, God sees even the little sparrows that fall.

God has not forgotten Toby, nor will he ever forget. I hope this truth may bring you some comfort.

86 posted on 01/25/2010 7:26:11 AM PST by ARridgerunner
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To: TheWriterTX

>When I got there, I was informed that it had already happened earlier in the day and they had already disposed of her body. No goodbyes, no loving embraces, no last kisses.<

As a former vet tech, lifelong pet owner, this breaks my heart. What an insensitive, heartless act, both to you and to your little dog. I only wish you had told the vet in person why you would never give him another penny.


87 posted on 01/25/2010 7:42:41 AM PST by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: kalee

I am so sorry for your losses, but I applaud your decision to be there with him. My family has always felt this was of paramount importance. No matter how sick they are, they DO know you are there and I am convinced the presence of a loved one brings them comfort. Bless you and I will keep you in my prayers!


88 posted on 01/25/2010 7:43:22 AM PST by JLLH
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To: Titan Magroyne

Pedro (Siamese) loved the heat of the sun and after he was too sick to go out followed the sunlight around the house and layed on the floor wherever it came in. When the time came, my mobile vet came to the house and I held him in my arms in the sunlight when the anesthesia was administered until he fell off to sleep. The the chemicals that took his life were injected and I held him in a towel until it was over.

Best thing I ever did for him.


89 posted on 01/25/2010 7:43:50 AM PST by anton
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To: beckysueb

Sorry to hear about your poodle. You never know though. One day a small black dog appeared at my back door and would not leave. She was in excellent health, groomed and spayed. I tried everything to find the owners and I never could. She has an excellent home whoever lost or had to get rid of her.


90 posted on 01/25/2010 8:08:58 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I lost my dearest Mocha Girl Dog on December 10th. This article gives me a great venue to pay tribute to her:

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

She left very suddenly at 9 yrs 8 months. She went from a very happy dog to a dead dog so fast that the smile remained. She did hate to be seperated from me, but she knew I would always return. She never, in her whole life, tore anything up in the house while I was away.

“2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.”

I trained her with patience, but she never needed much time to learn anything. She was always so willing to please.

“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.”

I don’t recall ever being angry with Mocha, she never gave any reason. I did crate train her when she was young, but at about a year she had the run of the house all day.

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

She was my ultimate friend to listen to my frustrations, dreams, fears and yes even some crazy singing. I always enjoyed that “cocked” lab look.

“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 never laid a hand on Mocha and she learned very young not to put her teeth on human skin. It was a very respectful understanding.

“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.”

The only time I had to scold/yell at Mocha was after she got in the garbage. I didn’t yell until we started our training and I took a very angry, scolding tone. Yes, it frightened her, but it only took 2 times in about 3 minutes until she knew I was only warning her to stay out of the garbage. She never got into it again and even “reported” on other dogs that I would dog sit when they were getting in the garbage.

“9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.”

Sadly, she never grew old. She was young and spry and enthusiastic until her last second of life. She died in front of me with no warning and no option to save her. She even died on another day of mourning for me (12/10). It was almost as if she was smart enough to ensure that I didn’t have to add a day of sadness to my life.

I look forward to seeing Mocha Girl Dog at the “Rainbow Bridge.” She was my best buddy and she filled my house, to make it a home. Now it is back to being a house.

Thank you fellow FReepers for letting me vent a little.


91 posted on 01/25/2010 8:26:28 AM PST by CSM (The only reason a conservative should reach across the aisle is to slap a little sense into a lib!)
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To: kalee

You are in my prayers on this heartbreaking day. So is Toby. Mourn his death for now and soon you will be able to celebrate his life.


92 posted on 01/25/2010 8:28:52 AM PST by CSM (The only reason a conservative should reach across the aisle is to slap a little sense into a lib!)
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To: sistabrista

While I always stay with mine, it is not always pleasant. Some people may be better off not being there, especially if they are really upset, because I suspect the pet senses that. The most comforting thing, to me, is that they don’t know they will die, and so they don’t have the same concern we do. They only know what’s happening right then, and they know if they are in pain. As someone who worked for a vet, I assure you, the people who do that work do their best to comfort the animal.
There is no point in beating yourself up over it. If our pets go to Heaven, they are not angry with us about things like that.


93 posted on 01/25/2010 8:57:55 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: CSM

My condolences on the loss of your companion. It sounds like she had a good and loving life.


94 posted on 01/25/2010 9:15:58 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank you. It will be a long time before I can get a new one.


95 posted on 01/25/2010 9:18:24 AM PST by CSM (The only reason a conservative should reach across the aisle is to slap a little sense into a lib!)
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To: kalee

My heart goes out to you. Last July I had to put my beloved bulldog Sanford down. He died with his face resting in my hands. As hard as it was to do that, it would have been worse if I had left him there alone with strangers. At least I know that at his very last moment, he knew I was there loving him.


96 posted on 01/25/2010 9:27:43 AM PST by Juana la Loca
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To: boatbums

She had been really sick and the vet called me that morning and told me I needed to come down on my lunch break to tell her goodbye. My sweet boyfriend went with me. They put her in a room with us so that we could have some time, but she was yowling in pain so we got the vet to come in so we could go ahead and put her down. I was there right before the vet gave her the shot. I just couldn’t watch her die. My sweet boyfriend stayed in the room with her.


97 posted on 01/25/2010 9:50:17 AM PST by sistabrista
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To: anton
I envy your having a mobile vet. You did right by your Pedro.

Years ago, I took my mother's Benji whom I grew up with as a brother. He's the one pet we've had that was terrified of the vet, and hers wanted to subject the dog to an exam first - as his patient of many years, Benji's age, arthritis and fright were known/i> to that jerk!

So I took him on his final ride to my vet. Had I known how quickly the drugs would take effect, I'd have asked at least to do it outside where he wouldn't be so scared. He was always so relieved to walk out of there, ya know?

98 posted on 01/25/2010 9:55:52 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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To: WFTR
Ping.
99 posted on 01/25/2010 10:00:17 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: Darnright
I was not a very confrontational person in my youth. That changed over time; now, I realize I am doing a business or professional a favor if I let them know what's upsetting me...so that they don't do it to someone else.

A marketing specialist gave me a great piece of advise at my first job: for everyone one person who speaks up, 5 more simply walk away without saying a word. I've learned to embrace those who criticize, and my endeavors have flourished because of it.

100 posted on 01/25/2010 11:21:45 AM PST by TheWriterTX (-)
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