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I am Your Puppy Iam 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 nor 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 a 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 fuzz balls, 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 could 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. Iam a Puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6-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 learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beat. 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 your $200 Nikes. Iam 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 a 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 it's "characteristics", it will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please teach me with love, 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. Love,Your PuppyThe Ten Commandments of a DogMy life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from youwill be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me. Giveme time to understand what you want of me. Place your trustin me --it's crucial for my well being. Don't be angry at me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.Talk to me sometimes. Even though I don't understand yourwords I understand your voice when it's speaking to me. Be awarethat however you treat me, I will not forget. Remember before you hit me hat I have teeth that could easilycrush the bones of your hand but that I choose not to bite you.Before you scold me, for being "uncooperative" or "obstinate"or "lazy", ask yourself if something might be bothering me.Perhaps I am not getting the right food, or I've been out in thesun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. Take careof me when I get old; you, too, will grow old. Go with me ondifficult 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.-author unknown-Do I Go Home Today?My family brought me home cradled in their arms. They cuddledme and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They playedwith me and laughed with me and showered me with toys. I suredo love my family, especially the little girls and boys. The childrenloved to feed me; they gave me special treats. They even let mesleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go forwalks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold theleash, I'm very proud to say. These are the things I'll not forgeta cherished memory.I now live in the shelter - without my family. They used to laughand praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn'tknow the difference between the old one and the new. The kidsand I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug. So I thoughtI did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said that I was out of control and would have to live outside. This I didn't understand, although I tried and tried. The walksstopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time. I wish that Icould change things; I wish I knew my crime. My life became solonely in the backyard, on a chain. I barked and barked all daylong to keep from going insane. So they brought me to the shelterbut were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy,and then they each kissed me goodbye. If I'd only had some training as a little pup. I wouldn't havebeen so hard to handle when I was all grown up. "You onlyhave one day left", I heard the worker say.Does that mean I have a second chance?Do I go home today?The Spirit ofA German Shepherd DogI was standing on a hillside. In a field of blowing wheatAnd the spirit of a German Shepherd Dog Was lying at my feet.He looked at me with kind dark eyes An ancient wisdom shining through And in the essence of his being I saw love there too.His mind did lock upon my heart As I stood there on that dayAnd he told me of this story About a place so far away. I stoodupon that hillside In a field of blowing wheat And in a twinklingof a second his spirit left my feet. His tale did put my heart atease. My fears did fade away About what lay ahead of meOn another distant day. “I live among God’s creatures nowIn the heavens of your mind So do not grieve for me, my friendAs I am with my kind. My collar is a rainbow’s hue My leasha shooting star My boundaries are the Milky Way Where Isparkle from afar. There are no pens or kennels here For I am not confined Butfree to roam God’s heavens Among my Shepherd kind. I napthe day on a snowy cloud Gentle breezes rocking me Anddream the dreams of earthlings And how it used to be. Thetrees are full of liver treats And tennis balls abound AndMilkbones line the walkways Just waiting to be found. There even is a ring set up The grass all lush and green And everyone who gaits aroundBecomes the Best of Breed. For we’re all winners in this placeWe have no faults, you see And God passes out those ribbonsTo each one, even me. I drink from waters laced with goldMy world a beauty to behold And wise old dogs do form mypride To amble at my very side. At night I sleep in an angel’s arms Her wings protecting meAnd moonbeams dance about us As stardust falls on thee. Sowhen your life on earth is spent And you stand at Heaven’s gateHave no fear of loneliness For here, you know I wait.

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