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1- My life lasts between ten and fifteen years. Every separation from you means suffering for me. Think about this before you decide whether or not to take me!


2- Give me time to understand what you are asking from me.


3- Instill confidence in me - I thrive on it!


4- Do not be angry with me for a long time and do not lock me up for punishment! You have your work, your pleasure, your joy - I have only you.


5- Talk often to me! Even if I do not understand you completely, I do understand the tone of your voice when you talk to me.


6- Know that, no matter how I am being treated, I shall never forget it!


7- Keep in mind, before you hit me, that my jaws could crush the knuckles of your hand with ease, but that I do not make use of them.


8- Before you scold me when working with me, consider: perhaps I am uncomfortable from digesting my last meal; perhaps I was exposed to the sun too long; or perhaps I have a wornout heart.


9- Take care of me when I am old -- you too are going to be old one day.


10- Be with me when my going gets rough. Everything is easier for me when you are beside me.


-Author Unknown

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Thank you very much for posting the "Ten Favors A Dog Asks". It would be good that every dog owner and potential dog owner be given a framed copy of that. It makes me so sad knowing that some people aren't as smart as the pets they *thought* they wanted, and wind up mistreating them due to not being patient enough or just not knowing the importance of training their pets properly.


About 2 months before we put our dog Friday to sleep I was in the habit of taking him for a walk around the block each day. We would always take the path of going up the alley behind the homes on the other side of the street from us. As we were passing behind the fenced yard of this one house I heard a man scream at his small dog and then, judging from the intense cry of the dog, he must have kicked the pup out the door of the house. I remember thinking, "How cruel and dumb!" The puppy had probably been trapped inside the house all day while the couple were out working, and had to relieve itself. This is one reason I think that ALL pets should have a hefty price tag attached to them. Animals are precious and, sadly, there are people who, unless they pay a big price for them, fail to appreciate their true value.


Sometimes I think that people should have to qualify first before being allowed to have both children and pets. There is so much need for education in both areas.


Again, thanks for posting the "Ten Favors A Dog Asks". I plan on printing it out, framing it, and hanging it on my living room wall. I am also emailing it to all my friends and acquaintances.



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Bustopher, Thanks for posting the 10 favors. I also have a list. I hope you don't mind me posting here. They are the 'Pets Bill of Rights'.


The Pet's Bill of Rights

1. We have the right to be full members of your family. We thrive on social interaction, praise, and love.


2. We have the right to stimulation. We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.


3. We have the right to regular exercise. Without it, we could become hyper, sluggish...or fat.


4. We have the right to have fun. We enjoy acting like clowns now and then; don't expect us to be predictable all the time.


5. We have the right to quality health care. Please stay good friends with our vet!


6. We have the right to a good diet. Like some people, we don't know what's best for us. We depend on you.


7. We have the right not to be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show dogs or show cats, watchdogs, hunters, or baby-sitters.


8.We have the right to receive proper training. Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife - and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.


9. We have the right to guidance and correction based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.


10. We have the right to live with dignity...and to die with dignity when the time comes.


-- Author Unknown

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Do you mind if I take the "ten Favors and dog asks" list and copy it? So I can give it out to each adoption we have?

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Both of these Tens sent shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes, I could almost hear my badger saying them, not that i need reminding, he has all he needs from me. As I was reading them, I proudly thought how happy my boy is, once he was confused and scared but not anymore. Every dog owner should read those "tens ".

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