HOW TO MAKE
puppy, roll and play until lightly pampered, then add the following
1 cup patience
1 cup understanding
1 pinch correction
1 cup hard work
2 cups praise
1 1/2 cups fun
Blend well. Heat with the warmth of your heart until raised or until
puppy has doubled in size.
Mix with owner
until consistency is such that owner and puppy are one.
My life is likely to last 10 to 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.
Place your trust
me - itís crucial to my well-being.
Donít be angry with me for long, and donít lock me up as
You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have
Talk to me sometimes. Even if I donít understand your words, I
understand your voice when itís speaking to me.
Be aware that however you treat me Iíll never forget it.
Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily
crush the bones of your hand but that I choose not to bite you.
Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy,
ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting
the right food, or Iíve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is
getting old and week.
Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on
difficult journeys. Never say, ďI canít bear to watch itĒ, or, ďLet it
happen in my absenceĒ.
Everything is easier for me if your are there.
Remember ÖÖ.. I Love You!
I am a
Puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning is the
same as an 8-month-old child. I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can
get my teeth in. This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even
HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It's up to you to guide me to
what is mine to chew and what is not.
I am a
Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours. I cannot "feel"
that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out. I cannot
vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have "bladder and
bowel control" until 6-9 months. Do not punish me if you have not let me
out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a Puppy it is wise to
remember that I NEED to go potty after: Eating, Sleeping, Playing,
Drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep
through the night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8pm. A crate will
help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me.
I am a
puppy, accidents WILL happen, please be patient with me! In time I will
I am a
Puppy, I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters,
and chase your feet and your toes and 'attack' you, and chase fuzz balls,
other pets, and small kids. It is play; it's what I do. Do not be mad at
me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high-energy
level is too much for you, maybe you could consider an older rescue from a
shelter or Rescue group. My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide
me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities like chasing a rolling
ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me.
If I nip
you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a loud YELP, I will
usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another.
If I get to rough simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my
crate with an appropriate chew toy.
I am a
Puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a
6-month-old human infant so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate
and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up
learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten. Instead, please
guide me with encouragement, and wisdom. (For instance, if I am chewing
something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN chew) better yet,
pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the
difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old
sneaker and your 200Ä Nikes.
I am a
Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings, and drive much like youíre own,
but yet also very different. Although I am NOT a human in a dog suit,
neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I
truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your life.
You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do
not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly
but instead mould me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the
kind of family member you want me to be.
I am a
Puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I Love
you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy
behaviours and caring for me from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and
even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed and it's
"characteristics" it will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do
the things I do. Please teach me with love, and patience, the right way to
behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class Or obedience class,
we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.
I am a
Puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to
please you. Won't you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same
you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we
are also very different and must work to understand one another's
language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome
dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much
as I love you.
given. © 2000 J. Ellis
The Happy Dog's
Now I lay me down to sleep,
The queen-size bed is soft and deep.
I sleep right in the center groove
My human being can hardly move!
I've trapped her legs,
she's tucked in tight,
And here is where I pass the night.
No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Till morning comes and I want food!
I sneak up slowly and it begins
My nibbles on my human's chin.
She wakes up slowly and smiles and shouts, "You darling beast! Just cut it
But morning's here and it's time to play I always seem to get my way.
So thank you, Lord, for giving me
This human person that I see
The one who hugs and holds me tight
And shares her bed with me at night!
- Author unknown
I AM YOUR DOG
I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd
like to whisper in your ear
I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to
work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running
here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand
things in life. Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer.
See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy
now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft
You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do
you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no
other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of
prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is all I
ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times
you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of other of
my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so
suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so
slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very
end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes.
Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to
run free in a distant land.
I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next
week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have
when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that
you did not have just "One more day" with me. Because I love you so, your
sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have NOW, together. So come,
sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do
you see? If you look hard and deep enough we
will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as alpha" or as
"trainer" or even "Mom or Dad," come to me as a living soul and stroke my
fur and let us look deep into one another's eyes, and talk.
I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a
tennis ball, or I may
tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general. You
decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such
things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog,
but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can
revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you
as a "Dog on two feet" -- I know what you are. You are human, in all your
quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world,
and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes.
Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears.
Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know
your true self.
We may not have tomorrow,
and life is oh so very short.
(on behalf of canines everywhere)
When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little, but not for long
and not with your head bowed low,
Please remember the love that we shared
Miss me. but let me go.
For this is a journey we must all take
and each must make it alone,
See, it is all part of the master's plan
a step in the road to home.
So when you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends that we knew
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds'
Miss me, But let me go.
There is a
bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge,
there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved
pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only
one thing missing;
They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth.
So, each day they run and play
until the day comes when one suddenly looks up!
twitches. The ears are up
The eyes are staring.
And this one runs from the group.
You have been
seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
You take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again,
And you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross
the Rainbow Bridge together,
Never to be separated again.
If I Could Talk
You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll always stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.
Tibetan Terriers Ireland