dog owner parent is a serious responsibility. It comes with for some, a basic set of requirements. Sadly for some, this may be only food and water. For most (or I hope and convince myself that it is most), being the mom or dad of a pet means much more. As parents, we provide love, training, discipline, structure, playtime, fun, cuddles, love, vet care, food, water, shelter, love, and much more. We can think of it like wedding vows, “in good times and bad, in sickness and in health..”. These are of course, the type of home that I want for my fosters.
I came across something cute today and I thought I would share it. A few weeks back I wrote about my most important foster, Dillon. These ten things make me think about him. They make me think about my perma-dog, Leroy… and also every other foster that’s passed through my home. I hope that they all are blessed with families who listen to these ten things.
Ten Things Your Dog Would Tell You
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.
And I’ll add in my personal mantra: Love is an infinite resource. ❤
If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com
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