Many of you have read this before but, since I’m a dog and an interested party, I thought we’d pass it along to those of you who haven’t. According to web sources, the author is a British bloke named Stan Rawlinson (www.doglistener.co.uk). While it’s meant for us 4-legged ‘kids’, it’s a pretty good way to treat our 2-legged friends, too.


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
                                                                    ~ ~ ~
REYES ADOBE DAYSLou and I  are thrilled to be participating in the ‘Authors’ event at next weekend’s Reyes Adobe Days, an annual festival celebrating the founding and cultural legacy of nearby Agoura Hills. In a way, it’s almost fitting, since Lou and Eugenie adopted me from the L.A. County Shelter in Agoura. So, in a sense, that caring community changed two lives, his and mine. We’ll be signing books on from 1:30 – 3:00 on Saturday, October 5, so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. You can find us at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site in the Adobe Barn, 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. RAD runs from Friday – Sunday (Fr- 5:00 – 9:00 PM, Sat, Sun 11:00 Am – 4:00 PM) 

Hanging with my bipeds on the Pepperdine 9/11 Lawn

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