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A Dog's Plea

Author Unknown


Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.


Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for you voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for 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, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I  am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hand.

Rescuer's Creed

Author Unknown

  • I promise I will take your unwanted animals.

  • I will heal their wounds, their diseases, their broken bones.

  • I will give them the medical attention they need and deserve.

  • I will nurture their starvation and give them a warm place to sleep.

  • I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them against the diseases that can harm them.

  • I will treat them and honor them.

  • I will buy them toys, blankets, balls and teach them to play.

  • I will speak softly to them.

  • I will try to teach them not to fear, not to cry and not to hate.

  • I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words into their ears, while gently trying to stroke their fear, their pain and their scars away.

  • I will face their emotional scars and give them time to overcome them.

  • I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity

  • I will hold their paws and stroke their ears if they have endured too much and walk them over the Rainbow Bridge....

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