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If You Love Your Dog

31 May

Couldn’t be more true.


Documentary Created to Raise Awareness of Animal Shelters

29 May

Steven Latham, an employee at PBS, has decided to create a documentary that is a new take on awareness of animals living in shelters. When we see those commercials that are endorsing the SPCA, we change the channel most of the time because it’s an add campaign of “pity” more than anything. I am one of those people that has to change the channel. They choose the animals that are the worst off, suffering from diseases, looking sad and too big for their kennels, and it breaks my heart. They actually bring tears to my eyes and now, I just change the channel. What Latham is doing sounds like an idea that could really prosper.

This documentary is going to be about how great it would be to make these animals a part of the family, rather than “we’re suffering, send money.” These campaigns are going to show people how these animals are capable of entering new homes after being rescued and how these animals are being trained and use with Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from battle. It’s time that someone told the true story and worked to get these animals homes, not money. People are apprehensive to send money to these places, because honestly, how much goes to the animals, right? This documentary is going to give people a different view on adoption and I look forward to seeing it. Please take a moment and see what Latham has to say about his campaign and what he hopes to accomplish.

10 Commandments of a Dog

19 May

From a Dog’s Point of View

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Regular separation from you will be painful and can even cause depression. Think before you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me don’t be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back, respect is earned, not given as some sort of inalienable right.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why I am being locked up. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your tone. “You only have to look at my tail” to know that.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget, if that treatment is unjust or bad, it may spoil the special bond between us.

7. Please do not hit me.  I cannot hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I don’t ever want to feel the need to do that.

8. Before you tell me off me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be wrong with me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food or I’ve been out in the sun too long, maybe my heart is getting old and weak, or maybe I’m just dog-tired.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and will also want care, love, and affection.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys.  Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there.  Remember, irrespective of what you do I will always love you.

© Stan Rawlinson.
Dog Behaviourist & Obedience Trainer

A Dog’s Prayer

19 May

“Treat me kindly, my beloved masters, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside… for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements… and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth… though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land… for you are my god… and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do  your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest… and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.”

-Beth Norman Harris