1. My life is likely to last
Any separation from you will be painful
Remember that BEFORE you get me.
2. Give me time to
understand what you want from me.
3. Place your trust in me.
It is crucial to my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me
for long, & don't lock me up as punishment.
have your work, entertainment & friends. I have only
5. Talk to me sometimes.
Even if I don't understand your words,
6. Be aware that however you
treat me, I'll never forget.
7. Please don't hit me. I
can't hit back,
but I can bite & scratch and I
really don't want to do that.
8. Before you scold me for
being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy,
if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not
getting the right foods or I've been out in the
too long or my heart is getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I
get old. You too will grow old one day.
10. 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.
Remember, I LOVE
Written by the Fitzsimmons Army
Published by the SPCA of Pinellas
Submitted by Julie Martin