A Dog's Plea

Author Unknown

Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no
heart in all the world is more grateful for
kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for
though I should lick your hand between
blows, your patience and understanding
will more quickly teach me the thing you
would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the
world's sweetest music, as you must know
by the fierce wagging of my tail when your
footstep falls upon my waiting ear. Please
take me inside when it is cold and wet, for
I am a domesticated animal, no longer
accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no
greater glory than the privilege of sitting
at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my
pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell
you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to
romp and play and do your bidding, to walk
at your side, and stand ready, willing and
able to protect you with my life, should
your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and I
no longer enjoy good health, hearing and
sight, do not forsake me. Please
see that my trusting life is taken gently. I
shall leave this earth knowing with the last
breath I draw that my fate was always
safest in your hands. 1

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