Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Responsible Pet Owners Month.....by Jobi of WatercolorYourWorld

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. As a dedicated animal lover and owner of a pet or two, you may ask why. Unfortunately, not all pet owners are responsible. The high number of pets in shelters and foster homes today is overwhelming. But, what does that have to do with you?
You are responsible for your animals and love them as members of your family. You walk them, feed them, skritch their ears, and give them a comfortable home. Is anything missing in their lives? This month is a reminder to pay attention to things you meant to do for your pet, but time races on and busy schedules keep you occupied. What might your pet have to say about that? Read on:
The 10 Commandments From a Pet's Point of View
by ©Stan Rawlinson
  • My life is likely to last 10-15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.
  • Give me time to understand what you want from me; don't be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.
  • Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.
  • 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, but I only have you.
  • Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail.
  • Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it, and if it's cruel, it may affect me forever.
  • 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.
  • Before you scold me for being 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 is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.
  • Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.
  • 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. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you.
Author: Stan Rawlinson, Professional Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer. Visit his website for more articles and training information. (Note: "The Ten Commandments From a Pet's Point of View" was reprinted here with the author's permission.)
Written by Jobi of WatercolorYourWorld where you can arrange for a custom portrait of your favorite pets. Jobi is a member of the Crafting for Animals Guild and works as a writer as well as an artist. Be sure to check out her work and consider her whenever you need custom artwork of your beloved pets or those of friends and family which make wonderful gifts.

1 comment:

Creative Critters said...

What a wonderful post full of very important reminders! Sometimes you have to put yourself in your pets paws, as it were, and see things through their eyes.
-Michelle of CreativeCritters