Ten Things a Dog Asks of Its People
They really aren’t questions, but they are important…our hounds ask so little of us, let us not forget what they need.
- My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me.
- Give me time to understand what you want of me.
- Place your trust in me – it’s crucial for my well being.
- Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I have only
- Talk to me sometimes. Even though I don’t understand your words I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.
- Be aware that however you treat me, I will not forget.
- Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of your hand but that I choose not to bite you.
- Before you scold me, for being “uncooperative” or “obstinate” or “lazy” ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
- Take care of me when I get old; you, too, will grow old.
- 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.