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 entertainment, 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 could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to.
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, perhaps I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. 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 experience without God's furry creatures in our lives. We do not have to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by love, love and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!
THE POWER OF THE DOG
by Rudyard Kipling
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie...
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.
When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumor, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To the lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find...it's your own affair...
But...you've given your heart to a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone...wherever it goes...for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.
We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept them, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long...
So why in....Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
HOW MANY DOGS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?
"The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?"
"Just one....me. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code."
"You know that I can't reach that stupid lamp."
"Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark."
"Oh, me, me! Pleeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeez, please, please, please!"
"I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation."
"If you ask me really nice.....I might do it."
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
"I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture."
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
"Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb."
"Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark."
"I see it, there it is, right there."
"It isn't moving. Who cares?"
"First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle."
"I'll just blow into the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry."
"Yo quiero Taco Bulb."
"My person will change it for me."
"Dogs DO NOT change light bulbs! People change light bulbs. So, the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"
NOTABLE QUOTES ABOUT DOGS
"I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself, but I think I have a right to object to libelous statements about my dog." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons." ~ Will Rogers
"I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that dogs think humans are nuts." ~ John Steinbeck
"When all other friends desert, he remains." ~ George G. Vest
"If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." Woodrow Wilson
"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends." ~ Alexander Pope
"Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned by a dog." ~ Gene Hill
"Children and dogs are as necessary t the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads." ~ Harry S. Truman
"The Almighty, who gave the dog to be the companion of our pleasures and toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit." ~ Sir Walter Scott
"Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. ~ Thomas Edison
"Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life must necessarily decay." ~ Albert Einstein
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~ Immanuel Kant
"There is no psychiatrist in the world as a puppy licking your face." ~ Ben Williams
"It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up." ~ P.J. Wodehouse
"To a man the greatest blessing is individual liberty, which to a dog is the last word in despair." ~ William Lyon Phelps
"The censure of a dog is something no man can stand." ~ Christopher Morley
"Puppies are nature’s remedy for feeling unloved…plus numerous other ailments of life."~ Richard Allan Palm
"I’d rather be a dog and bay at the moon." From Julius Caesar ~ William Shakespeare
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."~ Robert Louis Stevenson
"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate." ~ Freud
The world’s oldest dog was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who was put to sleep at the age of 29.
"A dog wags its tail with its heart." ~ Martin Buxbaum
"The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend."~ Lord Byron
"If you want your dog to obey you, treat him with respect and kindness." ~ Marc Christophe
"Let dogs delight to bark and bite, for God hath made them so." ~ Isaac Watts
"I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth into rascals." ~ Diogenes
The biggest dog on record was both the longest and the heaviest, an Old English Mastiff named Zorba. In 1989, Zorba weighed 343 pounds and was 8 feet, 3 inches long from nose to tail.
"Like a dog, he hunts in dreams." ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversations as a dog does."~ Christopher Marley
"If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and giving Fido only two of them." ~ Phil Pastoret
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."~ Hippocrates
Some researches estimate that dogs’ olfaction (sense of smell) is a million times more sensitive than ours.
"A dog, I will maintain, is a very tolerable judge of beauty, as appears from the fact that any liberally educated dog does, in a general way, prefer a woman to a man." ~ Frances Thompson
"The greatest dog in the world is a companion who does all but speak. He will be gay or serious; he will console you in your lowest moods." ~ Ludwig Bemelmans
"A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog." ~ Jack London
"Dogs, the foremost snobs in creation, are quick to notice the difference between a well-clad and a disreputable stranger." ~ Albert Payson Terhune
"In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man." ~ Maurice Maeterlinck
"The world was conquered through the understanding of dogs. The world exists through the understanding of dogs." ~ Nietzche
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring, it was peace." ~ Milan Kundera