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Ten Commandments For A Responsible Pet Owner

 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 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.
 5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your
    voice when it's speaking to me.
 6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll NEVER forget it.
 7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily
    crush the bones in your hands, 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'm not getting the
    right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be
    getting old and weak.
 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.

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