My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: Remember that before you take me into your home.
Give me time to understand what you want of me
Place your trust in me – It is crucial to my well-being.
Don’t get angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment
You have your work, your entertainment and your friends: I only have you.
Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words. In understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
Be aware that how you treat me, I will never forget.
Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bit you because I love you.
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 too old and weak.
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.