Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than mine.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when I hear your step.
When the weather is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements, and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I would not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding. To walk by your side, standing ready to protecct you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And master, when I am very old, if the greatest master sees fit to deprive me of my health and sight, do not turn me away. Rather see that my trusting life is taken gently and I shall leave you knowing with the last breath I draw, my life was always safe in your hand.
it should be that I grow frail and weak and pain should keep
me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done, for this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand, but don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest, Your love and Your friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years, You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend, only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree it is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you, who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years, don't let your heart hold any tears.
Do you remember thinking it
was time that the kids learned some responsibility and scanning
the newspaper ads for a cheap dog for sale?
Do you remember this baby crying
because she was afraid and alone?
Do you remember the many times
you noticed her water bowl was empty and her food bowl was covered
with mold and thinking that it was the kids' job to take care
Do you remember her first heat
and the neighbor's male visiting her night after night?
I know you remember the animal
control officer coming to the house, accusing you of animal cruelty
and taking her away because you couldn't understand what all
the fuss was about.
I thought you might be interested
in how this girl is doing today. You see, once she found a home
that gave her love, attention and proper care, she blossomed
into a beautiful, loyal companion.
She became a therapy dog and
now goes to nursing homes and hospices where she brightens the
lives of the infirm and dying. To some of these people, she has
given hope. To others, she's given them a reason to keep living.
To even others, she's given them the will to die peacefully,
with a smile on their lips.
Just last week, she helped find
a little boy that was lost in the woods. She spent a long, cold
winter's night, lying over him to keep him warm and risked her
own life to protect his.
What is the difference? Why
did that filthy, flea ridden animal chained in your backyard
suddenly become so important to so many? Because she never gave
up her trust in people and she never once thought,