Give me time to understand what you want from me.
Place your trust in me, it is crucial to my well-being.
Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, entertainment and friends; I have only you.
Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand all of your words, I understand your voice.
Be aware that however you treat me-good or bad-I’ll never forget it.
Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back but I can bite or scratch and I really don’t want to do that.
Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right foods, I don’t feel well, I have been out in the sun too long or my heart is getting old and weak.
Take care of me when I grow old. You, too, will grow old someday.
Go with me on difficult 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.
Remember, I love you unconditionally.