A Pet's Prayer

 
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. 
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.  And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet  beside the hearth. Though had you no home,  I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you  were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.  Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing, and able to protect you  with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great  Master see it to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you.  Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my  fate was ever safest in your hands.
 
~ Beth N. Norris ~

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Ten Commandments For Responsible Ownership
  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from 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 entertainment. I have only you!
  5. Talk to me even if I don't understand your words.  I understand your voice and when it's speaking.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.
  7. Before you hit me, remember I have teeth that could easily  crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you, because I love 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've been out in the sun too long; or my heart may be getting old and weak.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.
  10. 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. REMEMBER, I LOVE YOU.
 
~ Author Unknown ~

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