Author Topic: I am a Dog, not a Thing.  (Read 3267 times)

May 25, 2011, 02:44:55 PM
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By Penny Elms
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I am a dog. I am a living, breathing animal. I feel pain, joy, love, fear and pleasure.

I am not a thing. If I am hit - I will bruise, I will bleed, I will break. I will feel pain. I am not a thing.

I am a dog. I enjoy playtime, walk time, but more than anything, I enjoy time with my pack - my family - my people. I want nothing more than to be by the side of my human. I want to sleep where you sleep and walk where you walk. I am a dog and I feel love...I crave companionship.

I enjoy the touch of a kind hand and the softness of a good bed. I want to be inside of the home with my family, not stuck on the end of a chain or alone in a kennel or fenced yard for hours on end. I was born to be a companion, not to live a life of solitude.

I get too cold and I get too hot. I experience hunger and thirst. I am a living creature, not a thing.

When you leave, I want to go with you. If I stay behind, I will eagerly await your return. I long for the sound of your voice. I will do most anything to please you. I live to be your treasured companion.

I am a dog. My actions are not dictated by money, greed, or hatred. I do not know prejudice. I live in the moment and am ruled by love and loyalty.

Do not mistake me for a mindless object. I can feel and I can think. I can experience more than physical pain, I can feel fear and joy. I can feel love and confusion. I have emotions. I understand perhaps more than you do. I am able to comprehend the words you speak to me, but you are not always able to understand me.

I am a dog. I am not able to care for myself without your help. If you choose to tie me up and refuse to feed me, I will starve. If you abandon me on a rural road, I will experience fear and loneliness. I will search for you and wonder why I have been left behind. I am not a piece of property to be dumped and forgotten.
 
If you choose to leave me at a shelter, I will be frightened and bewildered. I will watch for your return with every footfall that approaches my kennel run.

I am a dog - a living, breathing creature. If you choose to take me home, please provide me with the things that I need to keep me healthy and happy.

Provide me with good food, clean water, warm shelter and your love. Do not abandon me. Do not kick me. Do not dump me when your life gets too busy. Make a commitment to me for the entirety of my life, or do not take me home in the first place.

If you desert me, I do not have the means to care for myself. I am at the mercy of the kindness of people - if I fall into the wrong hands, my life will be ruined.

I will experience pain, fear and loneliness. If I wind up in an animal shelter, I have only my eyes to implore someone to save me, and my tail to show you that I am a friend. If that is not good enough, I will die.

I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a thing. I am not a piece of property. Please do not discard me. Please treat me with kindness, love and respect. I promise to repay you with unconditional love for as long as I live.

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June 26, 2011, 02:56:34 PM
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That post about "I am a Dog" was so beautiful and moving full of truth and wisdom, thank you for posting it.  I wish all dog owners had a copy of it.   Maybe the shelters should give a copy of it out to all those who adopt dogs.  THe breeders especially need a copy of it.   Those who abuse animals should have to read it aloud as part of their penalty.   
Now we just need one for cats.

December 11, 2011, 11:04:09 AM
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So very true and it goes for ALL species!
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June 15, 2012, 07:13:06 PM
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Just had to resurrect this thread. Awesome. Thank you for posting this :)

I believe any individual who harms other animals, although not fairly reprimanded in this life, CAN NOT escape their own karma that they will have to suffer through in this life or the next. :(

June 18, 2012, 09:37:15 AM
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Just had to resurrect this thread. Awesome. Thank you for posting this :)

I believe any individual who harms other animals, although not fairly reprimanded in this life, CAN NOT escape their own karma that they will have to suffer through in this life or the next. :(

I agree, wolfspirit. I'm going to play Devil's Advocate, though. Do you think that people who mistreat animals because they were never taught any other way, and then when they grow up and understand, and start working to help animals and/or educate people or whatever ... rescueing or doing something for the benefit of animals ... do you think they 'erase' or 'reverse' that karma?

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December 21, 2013, 10:09:00 PM
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Just had to resurrect this thread. Awesome. Thank you for posting this :)

I believe any individual who harms other animals, although not fairly reprimanded in this life, CAN NOT escape their own karma that they will have to suffer through in this life or the next. :(

I agree, wolfspirit. I'm going to play Devil's Advocate, though. Do you think that people who mistreat animals because they were never taught any other way, and then when they grow up and understand, and start working to help animals and/or educate people or whatever ... rescueing or doing something for the benefit of animals ... do you think they 'erase' or 'reverse' that karma?

Caat

Resurrecting again :)

They do have the chance to make it up because most humans act out of ignorance and misguide nice. A sincere heart to change is all it takes, because animals are understanding, all love and all forgive. But because in the end it is ourselves who will not forgive ourselves in moment of clarity, so taking actions to "reverse" the karma will give our soul more of a peace of mind.