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    and added it to the 'Considering a cavalier?' article in the LIbrary.

    Ten things a Dog asks of its Person!

    1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.

    Remember that before you buy me.

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

    3. Place your trust in me -- it's crucial for my well being.

    4. Don't be angry at me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.
    You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I only have you.

    5. Talk to me sometimes.

    Even though 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 will not forget.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    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" or "Let it happen in my absence."
    Everything is easier for me if you are there.

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    The last couple of items actually made my eyes tear up. Made me think of my 14.5 year old dog that died before I got India.

    I like it too.
    Cathy Moon
    India(tri-F) Geordie(blen-M)Chocolate(b&t-F)Charlie(at the bridge)

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    Great one Karlin! Very touching.
    Mary-owned by Maya, Scout, Jazz and Sassy
    Annie at the bridge 3/13
    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance......

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    **** Karlin, I'm crying again at the last bit.....

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    OK another one with a Kleenex warning, that's lovely, thank you Karlin
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    That says it all.

    Crying at the last one.

    Why am I an emotional wreck lately? I think it's 'cos I've spent so much time going round shelters looking for our perfect little new addition.

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    Here as well. All dogs ask for is kindness and love, why do some find it so hard to give even a fraction of what they receive?

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    On a serious note: I think the last one kind of hits you by surprise, but it is so true, and I like the way it is put -- it really would make you think again and remember this when that time comes. I know vets feel it makes a big difference for an owner to be there, and I think it is our final responsibility to be there if we possibly can, for all the years we have shared with our companions, cat or dog. It is also a very profound experience, and a release for the owner. A good vets will facilitate time alone, too.

    The first time is the hardest because you don't know what to expect -- I think after that, and you see how gentle the departure is and how glad the animal is that you are there, most people would want to be there. We all know how many times they were there for us when we were most down and depressed and saddened, as well as all the good times. They show such courage for us, so many times. I would encourage anyone to be brave if they think they couldn't bear to be there -- perhaps even talk through with your vet how they facilitate this and what the animal experiences, well in advance of ever needing to be there.

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    So true Karlin. I couldn't bear to let either of mine go alone . I never forgave myself for not being there when my darling Teddy, my beautiful GSD girl had to cross the bridge.

    That was so sudden though, hubby took her to the Vet whilst I took the kids to school and playschool. He came home red eyed and said that the Vet had had to let her go, there was no time to let me know as she was in so much pain

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    That is such a moving post, and it's particularly poignant when you consider that some dogs (and other animals) never receive the good treatment that they deserve

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