- My life is likely to last 15+ years. Any separations from you will be painful for me. Think of that before you bring me home.
- Give me time to understand what you want from me.
- Place your trust in me. It’s crucial to my well-being.
- Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up, isolate me, or force me to stay outside as punishment. You have your work, entertainment, and friends. I have only you.
- Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand all of your words, I understand your voice.
- Know that however you treat me, good or bad, I’ll never forget it.
- Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back but I can bite and I really don’t want to do that.
- Before you scold me, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Maybe I don’t feel well, I’ve been out in the sun for too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
- Take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old someday.
- Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bear to watch,” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there.
Please love me unconditionally. Remember, that is how I love you.
*Adapted from “The 10 Commandments From a Pet’s Standpoint” Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, CO.