Sorry about all the poop: The 10 Commandments of your Dog.

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Beth Apr 11, 2016 8:33pm

Beautiful Post. So true about politics who wNt a pet and don’t foresee the road ahead and years dedicated to a life that requires love, compassion, and, and proper caretaking. We must understand that adopting is the first option we should consider in a pet and in fairness, ensure we are ready for all aspects of the added family member not just a dog, but a family member. We would not treat ourselves or hopefully our human family the many ways our canine members are treated. If one is not ready or committed, wait and volunteer at a shelter, or even foster. My service dog is a rescue, was on the kill list, pulled just days from euthenization, treated for severe heartworm, trained at a woman’s high maximum prison, andnow is my service dog. I retired last year, a female Army Veteran who served almost 30 years. Despite my physical disabilities, my shelterdog not only serves me but is a joy to my family and all who meets him.

Shardul Feb 11, 2016 4:48am

This broke my heart 🙁
I lost my Dennis quite a few years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.

Mikey Apr 12, 2015 8:20pm

I have a roommate whose dog is getting very old, and her hips aren’t so good anymore. Sometimes she doesn’t want to get up, sometimes she wants to play until her hip goes out and she has to limp to her bed and rest. He’ll get mad at her for “not listening” to him when he calls her. It’s never more than yelling, but I have to constantly remind him that she is indeed old…she was always a very well-behaved dog, and her not coming to his call every time isn’t due to being disobedient….she’s just hurting.

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