Friday, March 4, 2011

A Pet's Ten Commandments

This is an excerpt from the e-mail my aunt sent me last year. Faced with an impending separation from my dog, whom I will be saying goodbye to maybe at the end of this month, (I have no other choice left but to send him to live with my parents), I felt my heart being wrung as I read these commandments. It felt like Cody was directly speaking to me.

1.  My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2.  Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3.  Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4.  Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5.  Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6.  Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7.  Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8.  Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9.  Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10.  On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. 

Update:  Fortunately, (and, yes! - thank God) the land lady did not pester me anymore about sending my dog to our place in Mindanao.  Cody is still with me up to this very moment. And boy, after a long day, in the chaotic and destructive state of things that I am finding myself in, he turns my world around when he eagerly meets me, with his tail wagging so eagerly, as I open the door.  Yes Cody, I will take care of you, more than the way you are taking care of me - though you do that without really knowing.)

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