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On the next pages you will find a number of poems and writings which were written for and about animals. In all you will see how deeply the authors have felt at a loss, a find, a revelation - all about animals. I chose this piece first not because it is the saddest or most profound. I chose it first because, often I wonder, what if? What if we could all realize, truly realize, the implications of having your entire fate determined by another, your entire life in someones hands. There is no way to believe that this does not effect animals.
This list was written as if a dog were just asking for his wishes, but perhaps you can see, they are basic needs and should never be forgotten.
At this writing the author is unknown to me. Should anyone reading this be able to produce proof of authorship I would be more than happy to give the author credit here.

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The Ten Commandments

  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me-it's crucial to my well-being.
  4. Don't be angry at me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.
  5. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you.
  6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
  7. Be aware that however you treat me I'll never forget it.
  8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of your hand but that I choose not to bite you.
  9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, or I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
  10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it," or, "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there.
  11. Remember.....I love you!

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