Lest we forget:
My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be quite painful.
Give me time to understand what you want from me.
Allow me to place my trust in you – 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 work, your friends, family, and your entertainment. I have only you.
Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.
Don’t hit me. Remember that I have teeth but I choose not to bite you.
Be aware that however you treat me I will not forget it.
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’ve been in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
Stay with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it,” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there.