The 10 Animal Commandments


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
Opelousas, Louisiana
Someone passed this on the me, so I thought that I would share this with all of the animal lovers and owners on BYC. Not sure who wrote this because I found names of several "possible" authors. So I don't know who to give credit to.

Ten Commandments of Animals

Ten Commandments of Animals
1 - 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.

2 - Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3 - Place your trust in me, it's crucial to my well being.

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

5 - Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice.

6 - Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget.

7 - Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don't want to do that.

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

9 - Take care of me when I get old, you too will grow old.

10 - Go with me on difficult journeys, NEVER say "I can't bear to watch it" or "let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if YOU are there.
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Here is another beautiful one for you...

The Horse's Prayer

To thee, my master, I offer my prayer. Feed me, water and care for me
and when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean,
dry bed and a stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.

Always be kind to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the

Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to
love you.

Do not jerk the reins, and do not whip me when going uphill. Never
strike, beat, or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but
give me a chance to understand you. Watch me, and if I fail to do
your bidding, see if something is not wrong with my harness or feet.

Do not check me so that I cannot have free use of my head, If you
insist that I wear blinders, so that I cannot see behind me as it was
intended I should, I pray you be careful that the blinders stand well
out of my eyes.

Do not overload me, or hitch me where water will drip on me.

Keep me well shod. Examine my teeth when I do not eat, I may have an
ulcerated tooth, and that, you know, is very painful.

Do not tie my head in an unnatural position, or take away my best
defense against flies and mosquitoes by cutting off my tail.

I cannot tell you when I am thirsty, so give me clean, cool water

Save me, by all means in your power from that fatal disease.

I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, which by
signs you may know my condition. Give me all possible shelter from
the hot sun and put a blanket on me, not when I am working, but when
I am standing in the cold.

Never put a frosty bit in my mouth; first warm it by holding it a
moment in your hands.

I try to carry you and your burden without a murmur, and wait
patiently for you long hours of the day or night.

Without the power to choose my shoes or path, I sometimes fall on
hard pavement, which I have often prayed might not be of wood but of
such a nature as to give me safe and sure footing.

Remember that I must be ready at any moment to lose my life in your

And finally, OH MY MASTER, when my useful strength is gone, do not
turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner, to
be slowly tortured and starved to death, but do thou, My Master, take
my life in the kindest ways, and your God will reward you here and

You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of HIM
Who was born in a stable.

- AMEN -
Nothing upsets me more than a client who brings thier dog in to be groomed because they are taking the pet to be put to sleep because its old and they dont want the vet to think they werent taking good care of it. Or the animal gets old, or has health problems and they dont want to have to deal with it. My animals are well cared for up until the very end. When the timecomes, and anyone who has a pet and has had to do that, knows, then they go with dignity. Its never easy the first time and it wont be easy the last time. I think I have have around a dozen animals buried in my back yard.

It also upset me when people get a dog or cat or whatever and after its no longer "cute" they get rid of it. Or they see these movies like 101 Dalmations or the Beverly Hill Chihuahua movies and get one and then realize just how much work and sacrafice is involved caring for them and take them to the Humane Society. Pets, as far as Im concerned, are a lifetime commitment. We have become such a disposable society, its permeated everything in our lives, and that even includes our trusting , furry, friends. If people abandoned a child like that, they, depending on the states laws, get taken to jail. But animals? They are discarded like trash and it makes me so angry.

Those ten commandments are great. Pets give us such unconditonal love. Unfortunately, they dont often get the same in return.


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