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. REMEMBER: "I LOVE YOU!"