The 10 Animal Commandments

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kuntrygirl, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    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.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  2. jmhappycowboy

    jmhappycowboy The Egg Wrangler

    Dec 13, 2007
    Philadelphia, MS
    I have quite a few copies of this printed off. I really like it and give it to everyone who buys a puppy from me.
  3. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Crowing

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    That's one of the best things I ever read!
  4. MeatKing

    MeatKing Songster

    My vet gave this to me when we went for our first puppy visit..
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
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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 -
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Bawling for both! [​IMG]
  7. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    WOW! That brought me to tears! [​IMG]
  8. Rammy

    Rammy Crowing

    Oct 20, 2008
    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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