Ten Requests of
a Dog to His Master
My life lasts only a fraction of
Any separation from you hurts.
Think about this before you adopt
Be patient and give me time to learn
what you want.
You don't learn at once either.
Put trust in me.
This is my whole life and I will
be your friend,
more so than your other friends.
If I have misbehaved, don't be cross
for too long
and don't lock me up.
You have other friends, your work,
and your fun.
Talk to me. I do not understand
but I like to listen to your voice.
Consider that whatever you or your
do to me I will never forget.
If you want to strike me, consider
that I could easily
crush the bones in your hand, but
I do not use my
If you are dissatisfied with me,
if you think I am lazy,
inattentive, and disobedient, I
might have a problem
with unsuitable food, overexposure
to the sun or
perhaps my heart is already old
Unfortunately I can not communicate
Please understand me in my old age.
You will get old too.
Don't consider getting rid of me
to get a young dog
I need you.
On my last journey, stay with me!
Don't say you can not observe it!
When you are present, it will be
easier for me.
The friendship that I give you during
should be worth that sacrifice on