These Ten Commandments for pet owners contain many truths.
nMy life is likely to last 10 to 20 years so prepare for my old age when I may have health problems by insuring me for veterinary costs.
Remember that if you leave it too late or when I have already developed an illness the insurance companies will not accept me as a client.
nGive me time to understand what you want from me.
Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you.
Your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly those things you want me to learn and I will learn anything quickly for a tasty titbit.
nHave me spayed or neutered to save me health problems in the future and to avoid me leaving unwanted puppies and kittens.
nTreat me kindly for no heart in the world is more great full for your kindness than mine.
Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. After all you have your job, your friends, your entertainment.
I have only you.
nSpeak to me often.
Even if I don’t understand your words I understand the tone of your voice when it’s speaking to me.
nPlease take me inside when it’s cold and wet.
I’m a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the cold and wet and perhaps a warm coat in the winter if I have a thin coat or getting old. Keep my bowl filled with clean water as I cannot tell you when I am thirsty.
Feed me good dog food with all the correct vitamins and minerals and do not give your scraps from your leftovers.
Also do not over feed me as you have complete control over my weight, as I will eat as much as you put in front of me.
nDon’t hit me as I will not bite you.
nBefore you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, as yourself if something may be bothering me.
nTake care of me when I grow old.
nWhen I grow old and life has become a burden let me go peacefully and don’t keep me in pain when there is no quality of life.