Rules to Love By
Old Song Carries
1952, Patti Page recorded an innocent and simple
tune about a 'doggie' in a pet shop
window. Page says, "At the time,
'Doggie in the Window' seemed like a sweet
and harmless message," but times
the doggies in pet store windows mostly
come from puppy
mills, causing Page to change her
tune—literally. She has recorded a new
version of "Doggie" with the
same familiar melody, but with totally new
You See That Doggie in the Shelter"
you see that doggie in the shelter
the one with the take me home eyes
If you give him your love and attention
he will be your best friend for life
each town and city across the nation,
there's so many dogs with no home
Hungry with no one to protect them
lost in this world all alone
and beagles by the roadside
puppies and dogs in the street
Once they are rescued by a shelter
they'll finally get something to eat
and kitties who are homeless
with sad eyes and tails hanging down
Let's do what we can to show them kindness
and let them know that they've been found
to the new "Doggie" song»
The recording of "Do You See That
Doggie in the Shelter" is the
property of The Humane Society of the
United States and may not be used for
A PET'S TEN
My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
Give me time to understand what you want of me.
Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends,
your entertainment, but I have only you.
Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
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.
Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
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.
~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.
ME A PUP
I will lend to you for awhile a pup, God said,
For you to love while he lives and mourn for him when he's
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe for two or three
But will you, till I call him back take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you and (should his stay be brief)
You'll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land I have chosen you.
Now will you give all your love nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring, the risk of grief you'll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness, will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful
But should I call him back much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
If, by your love, you've managed my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him you've loved, to help you
while you grieve.