|In Loving Memory of Apollo|
I ran across this list on the Positively Positive blog this morning. And, while I began reading this list of 10 things, I felt my head move up and down in agreement with each line item. I recalled the times I wasn't the best dog owner --and scolded myself for it. I also remembered a lot of happy things --and for those I am grateful. All in all, it was incredible morning reading for me. It was something I needed --thanks Universe.
Yet, I digress. I felt compelled to re-blog this list because I think sometimes we all need a reminder. Even though we know our dogs love us unconditionally and even though most of us realize that we share a special, almost symbiotic bond with our canines, sometimes it never hurts to be told (once more) how truly, incredibly unconditional that love is. So, without further adieu:
1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me—it is crucial to my wellbeing.
4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.
6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.
7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have sharp teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.
10. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old. Accompany me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there—even my death.
And, above all else, remember that I love you.