From: vicky []
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:42 PM
To: undisclosed recipient

I know you love dogs and you know that I love my pug Ruby. Well, she belongs to me but sits on Del's lap and follows him around all day, so SHE thinks she belongs to HIM. So here's a little doggie message.
1. My life is likely to last 10-17 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for 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, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me.  Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me, or that I might not understand what it is you want.  Perhaps I'm not getting the right food,or any food or water, or I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old.  You will grow old, too.

10. On that sad and difficult last journey, go with me please.  Never say you can't bear to watch.  Don't make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. Tell me goodbye with your presence, no matter how difficult it is for you, remember, it's worse for me....

Take a moment today to be thankful for your pets.  Enjoy and take good care of them.  Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without our four legged critters~

We get so much from our four legged pets who sadly live shorter lives than we humans. We need to make their lives as well as our own a mutual relationship that has no comparison with other relationships. Your four legged friend will not divorce or leave you. You don't need to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness.  It is here and now on earth and has four legs!