April 2, 2012


1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.
6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative,obstinate,or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.
10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. Remember that I love you.

Today was Lizzie's last day.  She was 15 and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, about 6 months ago.  Lizzie came to us 10 years ago as a rescue.  Our hearts are breaking, but we know she was suffering and it was the right thing to do.
Be well and do good,


  1. So sorry Jan...I'm sure Lizzie will always hold a big piece of your heart! Very powerful words frome a dogs perspective!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. ((HUGS)) Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I'm so sorry, Lizzie was such a sweet girl.

  4. I am so sorry Jan. Tonight at dinner the girls, Joey and I will say a prayer for Lizzie and for you and Bob.

  5. My heart is aching for you all. I know all to well the feeling. We are holding off as long as we can with our Seau. How do you know it is the right time? Thanks for sharing. So very sad.

  6. So sorry about Lizzie and what a wonderful post!!


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