There are moments when we get upset about some mischief that our naughty pets do. In times like these, we must remember these 20 things we usually tend to forget.
Don't be upset when I jump for joy when you come through the door. I live only for ten or fifteen years, and you are what makes life enjoyable. It's hard on me when you are not around.
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Give me time to understand what you want from me. I won't always get it on first try, but I promise I'll try as hard as I can.
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Give me your trust. Just like I trust you, I need you to trust me.
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Don't be angry with me for too long. And please don't lock me up to punish me. You have your friends and family to keep you happy and entertained. I only >have you.
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Take me inside when the weather gets bad. The backyard doesn't have air conditioner or heater. You don't have to let me on the couch, but a small part of the kitchen is better than sleeping in snow.
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Talk to me. Sure, we don't speak the same language, but the sound of your voice always brightens my day.
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Comfort me when I'm scared. You know a lot more about loud noises, new people and strange places than I do. I need to know that you'll protect me from them. I always feel safer when I'm next to you.
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Remember that I'll never forget how you treat me. Teach me that humans are made of love, not pain. And don't ever let me forget that.
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Come outside with me. The sights, sounds and scents of nature are some of my greatest pleasures in life. I don't care if we play, walk or just sit under the tree, I want us to do it together.
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Let me make new friends. Introduce me to other dogs, cats or even bigger animals. We might not get along in the end, but having some more friends that look and smell like me makes my life much brighter.
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Give me a treat every once in a while. Food is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I know you want me to be healthy, so I understand when you don't share your own meals with me. But giving me a dog biscuit when I've been good or mixing a tasty vegetables with my dinner is guaranteed to make me wag my tail extra hard.
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Please, don't hit me. I have teeth that can crush your bones. Instead, I cover you in sloppy, wet kisses. Just as I choose not to hurt you, please make the choice not to hurt me.
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Understand when I need my alone time. I love you more than anything, but even though it's rare, I don't always want to play or cuddle. Don't be sad if I'd rather sleep on cold tile floor instead of in your bed on hot summer nights, and be understanding if I don't want to play as much as the years go by.
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Show me your world. The house and yard might be the only places I ever see unless you let me come with you. A trip to the pet store, the park, or even just a ride in the car is exhilarating for me. I can't wait to see what you want to show me.
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Teach me new things. Learning new tricks keeps my mind active, but most of all, it gives me a way to impress you. I love showing off for your friends, looking up at you, and seeing how proud of me you are.
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Let me get dirty once in a while. Your world is inside, but I thrive outdoors. Sometimes I find a lot of mud or a lake that smells like all of its fishy inhabitants. I understand if you don't want to wash all that stuff off every day, but as long as it is safe, let me go back to my wild roots every now and then.
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Touch me. Nothing makes me feel more loved than when you take time out of your day to rub my ears or scratch that itchy spot on my back that I can't reach. I can't understand your words, but I definitely understand feelings behind a hug.
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Pay attention if I don't seem like myself. It might seem like I'm just being lazy or stubborn, but I might not be feeling well. I can't get help for myself, and I need you to look out for me.
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Love me when I'm old, just as much as you did when I was young. I might not be the cute puppy that I once was, but I still love you just as much now as I did then. Please take care of me when my body doesn't work like it used to (on the picture below, this old dog had a bone condition and his owner took him to this lake and held him there for hours because warm water would ease his pain and let him sleep).
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Come with me on my final journey. I know it will be difficult, but I need you by my side when the time comes for me to leave this world. Every moment down to my last breath is easier if I have you with me (on the picture below, last salutation of fellow police officers to their canine comrade who, due to health issues, had to be put to sleep).
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And even when I'm gone, remember these words:”People are born so they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.” – spoken by a six year old boy who had just lost his family's 10 year old Belker to cancer.