A Dogs Plea
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, 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 although I should lick your
hand between blows, your patience and understanding will quickly teach me the things you
would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the worlds sweetest
music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a
domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than
the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh
water, for 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, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good
health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having
any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth
knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.