I love this post, from the MySpace.com blog of Petfinder member Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society in Kentucky (adoptable shelter resident Lightnin’ is pictured; doesn’t his expression suit the below perfectly?):
The 10 Commandments, From a Dog’s Perspective
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me–it’s crucial to my well-being.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget
7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the
bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’ve been out in the sun too long or
my heart may be getting old.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch
it” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for
me if you are there. Remember, I love you.