The cute kitty in my profile picture is one of my Calicos, Chibi. :)
A PET’S TEN COMMANDMENTS
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 entertainment, 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 bite you.
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…
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted,
and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
In appreciation of those unsung who keep all the pets they can reach alive…
Here’s to the ones who feed at need -
Here’s to the ones who share -
All that they can, with unstinting hand…
Here’s to the ones who care.
Here’s to the ones who seek the weak -
Here’s to the ones who try
To save them all from that icy hall…
Here’s to the ones who cry.
Here’s to the ones who beg to help -
Here’s to the ones who plead
To be let in before loss begins…
Here’s to the ones who bleed.
Here’s to the ones who break their hearts -
Here’s to the ones who love -
Who aid the lost, never counting cost…
Saved lives are reward enough.
Here’s to the ones who give their all -
Here’s to the ones who strive
To stay the end of beloved friends :
To keep foopets alive.
In real life, I love animals as much as I love them on Foo. I was born and raised in Japan, where cats are practically sacred. I am half Japanese and half Mexican-American. I speak both English and Japanese fluently. I moved to the USA to go to college and chose to stay here. My husband and I are empty nesters and have 7 cats. I would love to have a couple of Labs but feel that my yard is not sufficient for running and playing space. For the last 17 years, along with a couple of neighbors, I am a caretaker of a feral colony which has been most rewarding. To see my Foo representatives of our feral colony, please feel free to visit my other account http://www.foopets.com/member/14916108