A Dog's Ten Commandments

If Dogs Could Talk. . .

Not my beloved Joshua but looks exactly like him!
Not my beloved Joshua but looks exactly like him!

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I have heard from the author of "A Dog's Ten Commandments." He is **Stan Rawlinson and he wrote them in 1993 - and again, Stan, great work and thanks for contacting me. He says some of the commandments are not as he wrote them so I am going to edit them with his exact language. My comments will remain as is and unaltered.

Sometimes we humans go blithely through life and never stop to consider our importance in the lives of our canine companions. This came home to me last week when I received an email (actually it was in my spam folder) from I know not whom, that started bells ringing in my head. The article was called A Pet’s Ten Commandments and if anyone knows the author I’d love to send them kudos and give them credit as it’s certainly due.

First, a little background on my two Cocker Spaniel "kids." I’ve had Jake, my platinum Cocker, since he was six weeks old. I bought him from a lady in Dallas for the sole purpose of providing a bit of canine companionship to my handicapped Mom who was in a nursing home. We visited often and not only did Mom take great delight in the puppy but he soon became a favorite of all the residents. Everyone would line up wheel chairs and take turns throwing the ball down a long hall to watch Jake slip, slide and fall trying to retrieve it. After Mom passed away it was Jake and I and we’ve been down a lot of life’s roads together.

Jake, now nearly 10 years old, was an only Cocker Kid until two weeks ago when Sam joined us. Sam was listed with a Cocker Rescue organization and we inquired about the eight-month-old pup, went to visit him and he came home with us. My thinking was he would be a companion for the aging Jake and keep him up and moving. He’s done that for sure! Sam is not only extremely gregarious but larger and more agile than Jake and regularly knocks Jake on his furry old butt – to which Jake takes great exception. I have hope for them as friends as today I found them curled up side-by-side, sound asleep - and that's big progress!

The Pet's Ten Commandments:

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Remember that before you buy me.

It would be ideal if this 10-15 year consideration came into play when adding a dog to the family is first contemplated. Far too many prospective dog owners are "in the moment" when they get Fido and once cute puppyhood is past and Fido is a grown dog the romance is over and Fido becomes a burden and a chore. Too many times a dog is left in a fenced back yard (or tied) and only gets attention at feeding time – if someone remembers to feed him/her at all. How many pet ads do we see that say "cute dog – one year old – don’t have enough time to spend with him/her – re-homing fee?"

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me, don't be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.

Dogs will want to please you and do what you want if you’ve taken the time to help them understand. If you tell Fido to lay down once ever six months he’s more than likely not going to comply. If you’ve not properly house trained the process is not going to come to him in a flash of light.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.

That one’s self-explanatory; if one doesn’t establish a loving, trusting relationship with Fido he’ll never be socialized and pleasant to be around. Loved and trusted dogs want to please their owners.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why? I only know I have been rejected, you have your work, entertainment and friends - I only have you.

You are the supreme being in your dog’s life and his/her life revolves around you and your presence. Fido is totally dependent on you and locking him/her up doesn’t solve anything but makes a nervous, anxious, frantic dog. A fenced yard is one thing but locking a dog up in a bathroom for hours is mistreatment in any language.

5. Talk to me sometimes, even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice and your tone - "you only have to look at my tail."

Dogs respond to their human’s tone of voice and react accordingly. If you scream and yell at a dog all the time he/she soon becomes immune to the unkindness and ignores it to survive. If, instead, your voice reflects love and direction a dog will make every effort to figure out what you want.

6. Be aware that however you treat me; I will never forget it and if it's cruel it may affect me forever.

Harsh and unkind treatment does not work with dogs. Although they may not understand they remember and will avoid those persons that are mean and hurt them.

7. Please don't hit me. I can't hit back but I can bite and scratch and I really don't ever want to do that.

An undisciplined dog is a pleasure to no one. Hitting and striking a dog does not train; it irritates, confuses and creates both fear and anger. Educate yourself on the training and care of dogs before you own one.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods, or I've been out in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak. I may be just dog tired.

Be attuned to what’s going on with your dog. If he/she suddenly slows down, is lethargic, inattentive or cross it’s highly likely there’s a reason and it could be health related. Never assume a suddenly grumpy dog has just had a personality change – check it out.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You, too, will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort and attention.

Pay particular attention to what’s going on with older dogs. Often their eyesight begins to fail, they become incontinent, joints become painful and thought processes aren’t as quick. Be considerate – your dog will go as far as he/she can for you and you should do the same.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: "I can't bear to watch" or "let it happen inmy absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, irrespective of what you do I will always love you.

This is the hardest thing dog owners will ever face. They have to make the final decision and it’s inevitable with extreme illness or beyond functioning old age. I had to make the ultimate journey with my German Shepherd, Joshua. Josh was the dog of dogs and the friend of friends and we were together 17 wonderful years. With age he suffered terribly with hip dysplasia and even with medication and good care his affliction worsened. I had a friend come to the house and stay with him when I was at work as his needs were that great. I was 100 miles away when she called to say Josh couldn’t get up at all. I turned the car around and headed home immediately.

When I arrived at the house and Josh heard my voice he struggled and managed to stand but couldn’t move to come meet me. I went to his bed to greet him and help him lay back down. I called his vet before I could back out. The vet and his assistant came to my house and after my old friend and I said our last long and painful goodbye with me holding Josh in my arms; the vet gave the injection.

Do I regret it? No, but that doesn’t make it any easier to this very day and I know I’ll always miss him. We gave each other the best we had for 17 years and Joshua was family. In fact, in my family bible where all the births and deaths and important things in a family’s life are written down; I made an entry for Joshua:

"My Joshua, beloved German Shepherd Dog, crossed the rainbow bridge today, December 21, 1999. He was the light, joy and unconditional love in my life for 17 years and will live forever in my heart. Goodbye, dear friend."

As my computer screen has become blurry; that’s as good an ending as any.

**Stan Rawlinson , Author of A Dog's Ten Commandments, Dog Behaviourist & Obedience Trainer's website is www.doglistener.co.uk

So like my Joshua in his young, active days.
So like my Joshua in his young, active days.

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ehern33 6 years ago

This was fantastic, I am a dog lover and as I read, my Freckles was sitting next to me trying to get attention and waiting for me to get off this darn computer. She is dear to the family as we got her from a rescue center. She was only 4 months old and was abused, burned, and left in a closed garage without food or water. Love does cure most anything. She was so submissive and afraid of her shadow and now, she is the most loving dog. Great with kids and even house-broke herself. \She is now 2 1/2 years old and took a while but with love, understanding she recovered totally. I know of your pain when your lost your Shepard as I have lost 2 so far in my life and it wasn't easy. Great job with this hub and look forward to coming by often. Just became your fan..

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, ehern33 - know what you mean by Freckles and the computer. Both my Cocker Kids sit on each side of my chair and stare at me like "Don't you see I'm waiting?" It's beyond my realm of thought how anyone can abuse or neglect helpless critters - poor Freckles but now lucky/loved Freckles! Your comments are most appreciated and thanks so much for becoming my fan. Happy New Year to you, your family and sweet Freckles!

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Brightside 6 years ago

Oh my goodness this is fabulous! I too love dogs. Numbers 7 and 10 were my favorites. And yes, who could have the heart (or not have) to hurt these wonderfully sweet animals. All they want is to give love and be loved...I think that is a simple enough rquest.

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you! I agree with you - it takes a mighty mean person to mistreat critters! Best, Sis

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Such a moving hub. It actually has me in tears just thinking of parting with my two wonderful Dane boys.

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks habee -- yep, I've got two Cocker Spaniel boys - and they are such a part of my life. The guy who originally wrote the 10 Commandments was right on target! Appreciate you stopping by. Best, Sis

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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

When we got our dog, Charity, she was injured and had apparently been abused. She cowered when I approached with the morning paper, even if it wasn't rolled.

We're happy that she now enjoys a comfortable, loving environment and we feel we've really done something good for her. She shows her love for us every day!

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks so much for your comments FCEtier -- it's always wonderful to hear a good outcome for mistreated animals. Your Charity sounds wonderful and is bound to be happy now in her forever home. It's amazing the love animals show for humans and how they forgive! Best, Sis

caren 6 years ago

by number 1, i was already in tears. just thinking that my beloved is going to be with me for that long has to make me the luckiest person in the world. roy is my first dog. to think in the first week i had him, i was almost ready to give him up because it was really hard, heartbreaking work to take care of him. a 180 degree change in lifestyle. but now, even if i had a shotgun to my head, i would not part with him. nothing, absolutely nothing can make me unlove this loveliest of spirits.

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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

This is a very insightful and helpful hub for all those who bring a new companion animal into the family. you've helped others to always be patient and realize that your new family member only wants to love you and please you. It's called unconditional love. Believe it or not, cats are very much the same; very loyal and loving when given the chance. Thank you so much for a wonderful hub. Voted Up and Useful and Beautiful! And AWESOME!

Dog Training for Dummies 5 years ago

Absolutely beautiful. I've had multiple dogs in my life, and this article just brings back those memories like several soft hammers to my brain. Thank you for posting such beauty on the internet - it needs more. Thank you.

Larry Vashon 5 years ago

That is pretty much happened to me and my first dog. But there is always another dog ( or whatever you like ) that is miserable and in need of a loving home. The first is the hardest.

Doglover 5 years ago

Did you look into Stan Rawlinson before giving him credit for this beautiful work? If you research him, I think you will be hesitant to give him credit or validate his authenticity.

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Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

I've been off the site for a while due to not ONE but TWO computer crashes and a bit of personal business. I want to thank all of you that I've not answered personally and immediately for your comments and support. When others enjoy and appreciate your work it makes a day much brighter. Doglover -- I did not check into Mr. Rawlinson's credentials. I had no reason not to believe he was the author of the piece and therefore gave him credit. Thanks to all of you for supporting an absent "Hubber" for a few months -- makes me feel absolutely great! I intend to be back and among you very soon. Best and luv to all!

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Golden Guy 5 years ago

This is an incredible heartfelt message and I thank you for posting it! Being an animal lover and understanding how much unconditional love our pets give it is a great reminder that as pet owners we have the responsibility to return that love! Thanks again for your wonderful words!

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Moment in Time 5 years ago

This is agreat article! I am a huge animal lover. Just wish that more people would read this before they get a pet on the spur of the moment!

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ExpandYourMind 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Beautiful hub. My condolences on the loss of your best friend.

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druidana 5 years ago from southern indiana

just beautiful.....any time any of my dogs needed help crossing the Bridge i was ALWAYS there 2 hold them as the chemicals went into them. i COULD NOT let them go by themselves...i held them as their vet gave them the shot. it seems kind of cold letting these wonderful creatures make that LAST journey on their own....thank u for Josh's story, brought back memories, now the tears r running down my cheeks, no matter~i have 2 dogs on either side licking them off...............


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HomerMCho 5 years ago

I love your title, Angela.Also, great insights you shared. Thanks.

pawsitiveremedy 5 years ago

This is a very touching piece...thank you for sharing it. Many of the commandments beautifully describe being patient with your dog. Positive reinforcement dog training teaches people to train their dogs using gentle, yet effective means. I advocate any group that promtes humane and gentle methods of training. We need to disspell the myth of the dominant dog. Every person with a dog should know the relationship discussed above. http://pawsitiveremedy.com

jake 4 years ago

well the last part got me a little teary..... i have 2 dogs and i love them very much. I will be beyond sad when i have to let them go.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for commenting -- lost both my Cocker kids in 2011 and it's difficult but we're so blessed to have such true friends pass through our lives. Keep lovin' those dear hearts -- Best, Sis

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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Angela, I know the feeling and it really is painful time, I live on the "Lets all go to dump a dog loop!" I live way down a dirt road that isn't maintained but a mile past a loop. Some out of state folks bought a nice section of flat land that is sandy like a wash but close to 35 feet above the local run off areas and had a bulldozer come in and cut a road through the mainly grease wood trees and a few small Mesquite. It's a dog dump, I've had 25 at one time feeding them and temper testing them for adoption.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hi Dusty - You're a blessing to our four-footeds. We had the "dump a dog" road when I lived on the ranch and it's ongoing and pitiful. Thank God for the no-kill shelters -- we didn't have 'em in our neck of the woods back then -- in fact there was nothing at all except the few humans who would take those orphans in. Appreciate you commenting -- Best, Sis

Crystal and Kitty Peaches 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing your story of Joshua. I am having to face this now with my old kitty Peaches. It is so hard to know if you are doing the right thing while being so emotionally driven, but these stories are very helpful in making the decision. Peaches' doc said she had days to maybe 2 weeks to live with kidney failure condition. There is no hoping that she will get better, there is just making her final moments comfortable and spoiling her rotten. She isn't having fun anymore. We can do this together, and I won't have to be so utterly worried over whether she is in pain or how much. Tomorrow is the day. She gets a steak tonight.

mharkison 4 years ago

I've seen this before and love it. I just put down my German Shepherd, Sophie, at only the age of 6, due to a tumor in her spleen. I was with her. It's only been a couple of months and I miss her terribly. GSDs are such wonderful dogs. I have a 15 week old now. With tears, thank you.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Crystal -- so sorry I haven't acknowledged your post before -- just now found it. I can definitely relate to you and Peaches -- same problem and same sad decision for my old cat "Coker" many years ago. Peace to you, my dear, and may the future only hold fond memories of wonderful days with your old friend. Thanks so much for commenting. Best/Sis

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

mharkison -- so sorry for your loss and yes GSDs are amazing dogs. I'm so glad you're honoring Sophie's memories with a youngster of her breed -- I know the pup will be a wonderful companion. My condolences for the loss of Sophie and my congratulations on the new pup -- thanks much for commenting. Best/Sis

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afriqnet 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya


Your Hub is awesome. I enjoyed reading it and I have voted Up. I own a German Shepherd and he is amazing too. Thanks for sharing

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

afrignet -- thanks so very much -- and in my mind there's no better dog out there than the German Shepherd Dog. My Joshua was so smart and loving and although he's been gone for years now I still think about him daily and miss him tremendously -- he was irreplaceable. Best/Sis

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good reminders. We had to put our dog down when we were on a trip a couple of years ago. The people we were staying with were very helpful in helping us take care of her but the final decision was that the dog was old and would not really be able to last the trip home. sharing your hub

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

So sorry for the loss of your furry friend, Dahoglund -- always such a sad time for any of us that love four-footeds. Thanks for sharing my Hub and commenting. Bet/Sis

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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

Lovely. I had to lean over and give my Annie May, Boxer dog, a big hug. Dogs are such wonderful additions to our lives. I would take my dog EVERYWHERE with me if it were allowed!

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divacratus 4 years ago from India

What a beautiful post. Got kind of emotional reading this. Used to have a pet dog once upon a time and I have to agree that they give such unconditional love. More love than humans can ever can! We are not even able to return half of the affection they shower on us. I miss having a pet. Maybe sometime soon.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

NMLady -- thanks so much for reading and commenting! Like you, I'd take my dog everywhere with me too if I could -- and nearly do! Best/Sis

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

divacratus -- Thank youi for the compliment. I hope you get another dog soon -- life's just richer with a pooch in the picture! Best/Sis

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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Voted up plus 4:), I loved this, beautiful hub!

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks so much, SommerDalton -- glad you enjoyed the Hub. Best/Sis

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I love this great old Hub. I love the Dog's Ten Commandments too. You did an excellent and needful thing here. Thanks, Sis! :-)

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, James -- wish there was more we could do for all the orphan pets out there -- still working on that one. Best/Sis

GoldenThreadPress 4 years ago

Sis: I'm glad I found this Hub. I needed to read it! Last week I had to put down one of two of my beautiful shelties, Zebulon Red (Zebbie, for short). He had a big heart and loved me so unconditionally, that it did break my heart to have him put to sleep. He kissed me for well over 30 minutes the afternoon of, perhaps his way to tell me all the love that he felt for me and I for him. He will be sorely missed. This Hub was a comfort Thanks!--Deb

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Deb -- I'm so sorry to hear of your loss (and you know I understand it all too well). It's wonderful that you had a loving afternoon together -- I agree, somehow those loving friends just know. To know the little Hub was some comfort makes my heart feel so good -- hopefully your lovly memories will help ease the pain of loss. My thoughts are with you -- Best/Sis

GoldenThreadPress 4 years ago

Sis: I appreciate your words of comfort. My pups are considered family, and as such, have touched the lives of so many people that I am just beginning to learn about. Even so, in the still of the night, I find myself thinking about him. But as difficult as it is, I know he is at peace. So, no matter my pain now, I know he is in a far, far better place--probably chasing squirrels, no less! You're tops, Sis! And, again, many, many thanks!--Deb

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

GoldenThreadPress -- we have three wolves and one black/lab cross -- they're all very dear and each is such an individual. You're right about the loving place and being better off but as humans it doesn't always help. Best w/blessings -- Sis

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

What beautiful sentiments. My pooch will be 9 in about a month (I've had her since she was 7 weeks old) and she hasn't slowed down much at all. She's a terrier, after all! I have the utmost respect and love for her. She's a comedian, a confidant and one of the best friends I could ask for. Dogs bring such joy into our lives. Before adopting or buying a dog, a prospective owner should read and be quizzed on these commandments.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

lindacee --thanks for the astute comments -- and we agree totally on prospective dog owners being quizzed on their intent and knowledge of canines -- some of the treatment we see dogs receive is pitiful. Glad yur pooch is holding age well -- the longer we can keep them the better. Again, appreciate you commenting. Best/Sis

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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

"I turned the car around and headed home immediately...." My computer screen went blurry during this sentence and all the sentences afterwards.

Thank you for taking the time to write this down after being touched by an email in your junk folder -- and how great that is that the author of the original sayings contacted you. I'm glad he, too, knows anew the power of these 'ten commandments' in the hearts of the readers.

I hope you had a good Christmas, Angela. I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

Voting way up and Sharing. (Also sharing with my Facebook friends.)

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Kris Heeter 3 years ago from Indiana

These are beautiful and thank-you for sharing Stan's original commandments. I grew up with dogs and really miss having one - I mysteriously developed have allergies to dogs and cats as and adult.

Voted up and sharing:)

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Pam K. W. - How super to hear from you and thanks for the kind words on the 10 Commandments article as it's one that's dear to this old heart -- as was my Joshua. Thanks for the votes and sharing -- I always appreciate that so much. Christmas and New Year was good and I'm sending many prayers, love and blessings for you and your family for a happy and prosperous 2013. Best/Sis

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Kris H. -- thank you somuch for your kind comments. We agree that Stan hit a home run with his 10 commandments. I've always had dogs and/or cats and at present have a 1/2 Lab named Bubba -- only his father knows what the other half is but fortunately Bubba looks like a Lab. He's a huge clown. I'm so sorry for your allergies and can certainly understand how you must miss having critters -- blessings for the new year! Best/Sis

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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Angela, Your story has touched my heart today. In fact, your words have moved me to tears. I can barely read the screen at this point so let me just offer my belated condolences on your loss and say I know how much you loved him. Thank you for allowing Joshua to live forever in these beautifully chosen words so now each of can love him, too.

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I am so pleased PegCole lead me here. I am so sorry for the loss of such a good friend. A heartfelt read that yes indeed rought tears and memories, I know exactly how you you felt as I have been there a few times. Thank you for this beautiful write.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Oh, Peg -- your kindness and sympathy have brought tears to my eyes! I sincerely hope all pet owners will strive to meet the 10 commandments in the piece and my fondest wish would be that everyone experiences the love and loyalty I received from my Joshua -- he was spectacular and a loving memory. Thank you for commenting -- Best/Sis

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Rosemay50 -- thanks to PegCole for sharing my piece with you and to you for your kind comments. Those of us who have suffered the loss of a close, furry friend, know the sorrow when that happens -- and the joyous memories we'll all keep forever of them. Best/Sis

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kellylipp 3 years ago from North Dakota

Wonderfully written. #10 especially. We lost our beloved Chihuahua after a 2 year battle with cushings disease. She was only 10 years old, and died at our house with us near her. It was really tough on all of us. I can so relate to this hub.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

kellylipp -- thank you for commenting and I understand your pain in losing your dear Chihuahua. Losing a pet leaves a great void in a family -- as so many are considered part of the family -- I know mine are. Best/Sis

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UnknownAuthor72 3 years ago from USA

Our dog is so spoiled! She is just the way I want her to be. She gets to sleep in the bed, stay indoors except to use her bathroom. This is outside. Enjoys her bones and knows I love her. I think another commandment should be, please keep dogs spade or neutered when you are not going to breed. right? Sorry to hear about your Josh. Nice writing. thumbs up

Mommy Maile 3 years ago

I so enjoyed reading that as I listened to my Lucy (Jack Russell mix) digging in her mound of blankets behind me. Dogs are so special and should always be treated like part of the family. Wonderful hub!

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

UnknownAuthor72 -- we definitely agree on the spay/neutering -- there's so many homeless little waifs out there needing love and attention! Thanks so much for your kind and astute comments. Best/Sis

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hello Mommy Maile -- indeed dogs (actually all critters) are so special -- and sounds like your Lucy has a loving home! I can't imagine owning a dog or cat and not treating them as part of the family. I just bought another vehicle and whether or not my dog could ride in it comfortably was a huge factor in choosing one. Thanks so very much for commenting. Best/Sis

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habee 3 years ago from Georgia

Oh, Sis - the last part of your hub made me cry. I don't know how I'll handle the death of my big boys. They really are like my kids. Voted this up, awesome, etc. and shared.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, Holle -- Joshua was probably the very finest critter I've ever shared life with -- he was magnificent. I've now lost both Cocker Kids and there's just Bubba and me (and Dirty White Boy -- the big old white cat) -- and Bubba's a pure trip if there ever was one. Your big boys sound delightful -- I've enjoyed when you write about them. Best/Sis

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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

I am a "cat person" but still found this hub adorable.

What a wonderful way you put yourself into the mind of a dog.


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, Dim -- I've often thought I have more of a critter mentality than a human being mentality -- at least I feel their pain and anguish. Thanks so very much for commenting. Best/Sis

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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada

Awww, this is so beautiful! I am more of a cat person, and these would all apply to a cat, too. Dogs and cats love us so much, and we need to show that love back to them. Thanks for writing such a beautiful article!

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for the kind words -- and yes, our pets are dependent on us and deserve the love we give them. We are their world! Best/Sis

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klidstone1970 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

I too had seen these commandments before also and thought they were absolutely beautiful. Our animals love us unconditionally and we should show them the same courtesy.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Klidstone1970 -- we agree totally and I appreciate you commenting so very much. Best/Sis

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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

This is beautiful. My little dog passed two years ago. She had a stroke and there was no hope. I held her as they gave her the shot that would take her. She was a lovely little girl. I have thought about getting another dog, but now that I know about the huge commitment and the pain of losing her....well..not just yet. Great article!

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Sheri Faye -- thanks so much for sharing your experience -- it's indeed hard to part with a dear, furry friend. I've been in the same place you are when it came to getting another pet -- and in time, you'll know it's the right time. I appreciate you commenting so very much. Best/Sis

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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

As a human of two years old boy, this hub is very useful for me. I will put into practice many of the suggestion you made.

Thank you for sharing a very informative hub.

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itsjustnormita 3 years ago

This, is so sweet ans special. Really gives your pet a voice and helps you feel, how much your pet really has a soul and a heart. Wish, everyone could see their pets in this light. I love the article, thank you so much for posting this hub.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Suhail and my dog -- glad this article was timely for you and you are most welcome -- these suggestions are good for any pet owner -- how dear our furry friends are to us! Best/Sis

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

itsjustnormita -- thank you for the kind words -- and yes, our critters do have a soul and a heart and we are the total of their existence -- appreciate you commenting so very much. Best/Sis

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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

These are so true. I dread it when my 9 year old buddy, Gizmo, leaves me. He is my light. It's so true that they don't want us to be angry with them. When I have been stern, he soon comes to my face to lick it to death and makes me laugh. I wish he never had to die. It will break me for some time. But I really do think we will meet again. Thanks for the hub. :-)

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Victoria Lynn -- I, too, believe we will meet our four-footeds again -- what a blessing to have them as long as we can. Thanks so much for commenting -- always a pure pleasure to hear from another "critter lover." Best/Sis

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

Angela, When we lost our dog Abby, I mourned her loss as much as when my Dad and Sister passed. Dogs can become such important parts of our lives. I enjoyed the hub, but yes, the last one made me shed tears too.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Barbara Kay -- condolences my dear -- I've shed a million tears over four-footed companions gone on -- they become such a huge part of our lives and bring us such joy. Your comments are appreciated! Best/Sis

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mathira 3 years ago from chennai

Angela, what a beautiful insight into the world of dogs. Sweety, my pet was more of a daughter to me and tears well in my eyes when I think of her. though I lost her four years back.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

mathira -- time does not heal the wounds of losing a dear friend -- to many, pets are like children and live forever in our memories. That's true of my Joshua and also of my cocker kids, Jake the Snake and Sam Gump -- always in my heart and mind. Thanks so very much for commenting. Best/Sis

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub and thank you for sharing .

Voted up and wishing you a great day.


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Eddy -- and a wonderful day back at 'cha! Best/Sis

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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I read this before, but it's worth reading again. It makes me appreciate my dog even more.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

Victoria Lynn -- don't know what I would do without my four-footed -- he's a big part of my life. I appreciate you returning to this Hub and glad you have a furry friend in your life, too! Best/Sis

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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Anyone with a dog should be able to read this hub. I am very happy indeed to come across this one.

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

JPSO138 -- thanks for commenting and I agree -- every dog owner can relate to the piece -- I surely do. Best/Sis

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