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10 commandments from a dog



Folks, try not to tear up after reading this. The other day, I stumbled upon an article from PETA and I found it pretty inspiring. These are 10 commandments from a dogs perspective. You can read the full article here

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel, it may affect me forever.

7. Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I really don’t ever want to do that

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you.


  1. Joyce

    Beautiful post, Kesh! I had two dogs, a momma and her boy, for nearly 14 years. They brought great joy to me and my children. Some of our fondest memories are of our times with them. I deeply miss my dogs (and my kids) every day. Taking walks is not nearly as fun as it was with them. I just wish I had the heart to start over with another dog.

    • Rakesh Mandalapa

      aww, thanks Joyce. I know, I have my dog in India and I hate leaving him when i come back here. You should go ahead and get one anyway. :)


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