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1. When you adopt me my life is likely to last only 15 to 20 years. Don't forsake me, any separation from you is painful.

2. Give me time to understand what it is you want from me. Change can be more difficult for me than for you.

3. Don't be angry with me for a long time, and don't lock me up alone as punishment. You have your human family, your friends, your entertainment and I only have you.

4. Trust me and help me to trust you, it is crucial for mine as well as your well being.

5. Talk to me...even if you think I don't understand your words. I understand your voice and love when you speak to me and stroke me.

6. Before you hit me remember that I have teeth and claws and could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite and scratch you because I love you.

7. Be aware, that however you treat me, I will never forget.

8. Before you scold me, ask yourself if something is wrong. Perhaps I am sick, or just plain tired, frustrated and weak. Try to understand what it's like to be me, put yourself in my place.

9. Take care of me when I get old and don't abandon me, for you, too, will grow old. Notice when I am ill, when I need you to take me to the vet for help, just as you need to see a doctor.

10. Go with me on the most difficult journeys. Never say "I can't bear to watch" or "Do it when I leave". I need you with me even at the end of my journey. Always do what is best for me even if it is unbearable for you to do so, because I love you and trust that you will.

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I've read this before and I alway end up with tears down my face. It's SO true. I hate hate hate it when I go to the shelter and I see that there is an older dog that is a 'owner surrender'. That says to me that the dog just got too old and is no fun to the owners anymore.

Those older dogs always look so sad. I mean, if it's possible, they look much sadder than the younger dogs. Most of them always try to squeeze their nose or paw or just something so you can pet them.

OMG. I think im going to lose it in my office right now. TISSUES!!!

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