By unknown author
I am a dog. I am a living, breathing animal. I
feel pain, joy, love, fear and pleasure.
I am not a thing. If I am
hit, I will bruise, I will bleed, I will break.
I enjoy playtime,
walk time, but more than anything I enjoy time with you. I want nothing more
than to be by your side. I want to sleep where you sleep and walk where you
I feel love. I crave companionship. I enjoy the touch of a kind
hand and the softness of a good bed. I want to be inside with my family, not
stuck on the end of a chain or alone in a kennel or fenced yard for hours on
end. I was born to be a companion, not to live a life of solitude.
get too cold, and I get too hot. I experience hunger and thirst. When you
leave, I want to go with you. If I stay behind, I will eagerly await your
return. I long for the sound of your voice. I will do most anything to
please you. I live to be your treasured companion.
I am a dog. My
actions are not dictated by money, greed or hatred. I do not know prejudice.
I live in the moment and am ruled by love and loyalty. Do not mistake me for
a mindless object. I can feel, and I can think. I can experience more than
physical pain. I can feel fear and joy, love and confusion.
emotions. I understand perhaps more than you do. I am able to comprehend the
words you speak to me, but you are not always able to understand me.
I am a dog. I am not able to care for myself without your help. If you
choose to tie me up and refuse to feed me, I will starve. If you abandon me
on a rural road, I will experience fear and loneliness. I will search for
you and wonder why I have been left behind. I am not a piece of property to
be dumped and forgotten.
If you choose to leave me at a shelter, I
will be frightened and bewildered. I will watch for your return with every
footfall that approaches my kennel run.
I am a dog. I am a living,
breathing creature. If you choose to take me home, please provide me with
the things I need to keep me healthy and happy. Provide me with good food,
clean water, warm shelter and your love. Do not abandon me. Do not kick me.
Do not dump me when your life gets too busy. Make a commitment to me for the
entirety of my life, or do not take me home in the first place.
you desert me, I do not have the means to care for myself. I am at the mercy
of the kindness of people. If I fall into the wrong hands, my life will be
ruined. I will experience pain, fear and loneliness. If I wind up in an
animal shelter, I have only my eyes to implore someone to save me, and my
tail to show you that I am a friend. If that is not good enough, I will die.
I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a
thing. I am not a piece of property. Please do not discard me. Please treat
me with kindness, love and respect. I promise to repay you with
unconditional love for as long as I live.