What We Can Learn From Our Pets

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A Faithful Dog Will Play With You

And Laugh With You -Or Cry-

He'll Gladly Starve To Stay With You

Nor Ever Reason Why,

And When You're Feeling Out Of Sorts

Somehow He'll Understand

He'll Watch You With His Shining Eyes

And Try To Lick Your Hand.

His Blind, Implicit Faith In You

Is Matched By His Great Love -

The Kind That All Of Us Should Have

In The Master, Up Above.

When Everything Is Said And Done

I Guess This Isn't Odd

For When You Spell "Dog" Backwards

You Get The Name Of God.

Kathryn Brashier

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You can't buy loyalty, they say

I bought it though, the other day; You can't buy friendship, tried and true,

Well just the same, I bought that too .I made my bid, and on the spot

Bought love and faith and a whole job lot Of happiness, so all in all

The purchase price was pretty small .I bought a single trusting heart,

That gave devotion from the start.

If you think these things are not for sale,

Buy a brown-eyed puppy with a stump for a tail.

author unknown

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An exciting thought popped into my head today,

While I sat watching two young puppies at play.

How much we could learn if we only would look

At these creatures who have never read a book.

Jealousy, hatred, gossip and greed

Are rarely found in dogs, no matter the breed.

What do they know that we do not?

Obviously, though they're not telling, quite a lot.

Of course, two pups may squabble over a bone.

But soon you will find it left all alone,

While the former combatants snuggle close, sound asleep.

Secure in the knowledge that their treasure will keep.

Warmth and closeness mean so much more to them,

Even though the battle will probably begin again.

It is more playful than serious, this game of tug

And will end again with them both asleep, close on the rug

When two humans decide they want the same thing,

Whatever the object, they both will cling Grimly determined that each is right,

No matter how long, they continue to fight.

Let's look at those puppies, asleep at our feet.

Has either lost that treasure he tried so hard to keep?

Not really, as it lays just a few feet away

Not a treasure trove, just an object of play.

And the two little creatures? Are they content?

Completely and totally because their little souls are bent

Upon keeping this friend who plays this game with them,

And is still willing to snuggle again and again.

If only we could learn the great lesson here

Things are not precious, friendships are dear.

What good will this thing do us, this precious bone,

If we find ourselves left completely alone?

The next time I find myself wanting to fight,

I'll remember those puppies and, with all of my might,

I will try to give it up with a shrug

And hope to end up sound asleep, close on the rug.

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What Dogs Do For Us:

Catch Frisbees.

Keep a lonely night from being truly lonely. Keep our homes safe.

Get us outside on beautiful fall days. Listen to our singing.

Treat us like celebrities when we come home.

Warm up our beds on cold nights. Star in our home videos.

Make our hearts more vigorous. Take us outdoors on snowy winter days.

Alert us to the arrival of the mail. Help us to live longer.

Make us smile. Agree with everything we say.

Warm our knees with their chins. Provide us use for old tennis balls.

Signal when a thunderstorm is coming. Pull sleds.

Help lower our blood pressure. Test how fast we can run.

Keep the squirrels from overtaking our yards.

Teach us the meaning of unconditional love. Take us out on rainy days.

Teach our children about responsibility.

-author unknown

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Treat me kindly

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is
more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do no break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your
hand between blows, your patients and understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice as the world's sweetest music, as
you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps
fall upon my ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a
domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no
greater glory that the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the
hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you though ice
and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all
the land, for you are my God and I am your worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should no
reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell when I suffer from thirst,
Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do you
bidding, to walk by your side, and to stand ready, willing and able to
protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me
of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me
gently in you arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of
eternal rest--- and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I
drew, my fate was ever in your hand.

By Beth Norman Harris

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Oh, what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate?
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth, and food
For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny.

While he, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house the law.
He scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed.

He ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day he died.
So if you really think, oh Cat,
I’d willingly relive all that
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well...don’t just stand there...Come on in!

by Francis Witham

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How to Give Your Cat a Pill

1. Grasp cat firmly in your arms. Cradle its head on your elbow, just as if you were giving baby a bottle. Coo confidently, "That’s a nice kitty." Drop pill into its mouth.

2. Retrieve cat from top of lamp and pill from under sofa.

3. Follow same procedure as in 1, but hold cat’s front paws down with left hand and back paws down with elbow of right arm. Poke pill into its mouth with right forefinger.

4. Retrieve cat from under bed. Get new pill from bottle. (Resist impulse to get new cat.)

5. Again proceed as in 1, except when you have cat firmly cradled in bottle-feeding position, sit down on edge of chair, fold your torso over cat, bring your right hand over your left elbow, open cat’s mouth by lifting the upper jaw and pop the pill in - quickly. Since your head is down by your knees, you won’t be able to see what you’re doing. That’s just as well.

6. Leave cat hanging on drapes. Leave pill in your hair.

7. If you’re a woman, have a good cry. If you’re a man, have a good cry.

8. Now pull yourself together. Who’s the boss here anyway? Retrieve cat and pill. Assuming position 1,

say sternly, "Who’s the boss here, anyway?" Open cat’s mouth, take pill and...Oooops!

9. This isn’t working, is it? Collapse and think. Aha! Those flashing claws are causing the chaos.

10. Crawl to linen closet. Drag back large beach towel. Spread towel on floor.

11. Retrieve cat from kitchen counter and pill from potted plant.

12. Spread cat on towel near one end with its head over long edge.

13. Flatten cat’s front and back legs over its stomach. (Resist impulse to flatten cat.)

14. Roll cat in towel. Work fast; time and tabbies wait for no man or woman.

15. Resume position 1. Rotate your left hand to cat’s head. Press its mouth at the jaw hinges

like opening the petals of a snapdragon.

16. Drop pill into cat’s mouth and poke gently. Voila! It’s done.

17. Vacuum up loose fur (cat’s). Apply bandages to wounds (yours).

18. Take two aspirins and lie down.

19. Forget aspirin, drink glass of wine and lie down.

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