I am your Puppy, and I will love you until the end of the Earth, but please know a few things about me.
I am a Puppy, this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child.
I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It’s up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.
I am a Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1 - 2 hours. I cannot “feel” that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize to tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have bladder and bowel control until 6 - 9 months. Do not punish me if you have not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a Puppy, it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around every 2 - 3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8 p.m. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me. I am Puppy, accidents WILL happen, please be patient with me! In time I will learn.
I am a Puppy, I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and “attack” you, and chase fuzzballs, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it’s what I do. Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high energy level is too much for you, maybe you should consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group. My play is beneficial; use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys and activities like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip you too hard, talk to me in “dog talk”, by giving a loud YELP. I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another. If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy.
I am a Puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat an 8-month-old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up to learn to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten. Instead, please guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, if I am chewing something wrong, say, “No chew!” and hand me a toy I CAN chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can’t tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and you $200 Nikes.
I am a Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I am NOT a human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be part of your family, and your life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the kind of family member you want me to be.
I am a Puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I love you anyway. So, please, learn all you can about training and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed and its characteristics; it will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please teach me with love and patience the right way to behave, and socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience class. We will BOTH have a lot of fun together.
I am a Puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to please you. Won’t you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same, you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another’s language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you.
copywright 2000, by J. Ellis Southern Shadows Rottweilers
Courtesy of D.O.G. Training, 928-607-0223. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills, and valleys with lush, green grass!
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food, water and warm, spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who were maimed are made whole again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content and they play all day with each other.
There is one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The bright eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her into your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
You were such a cute puppy
But I knew you would’nt stay that way forever.
We worked hard on training
And sometimes it seemed it would take forever.
When we cuddled on the sofa at night
I wished it could go on forever.
But there is no forever.
Except when you’re talking about the love
You share with that very special dog.
And now you are
Forever in my heart.