If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches & pains,
If you can resist complaining & boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day & be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism & blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education & never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies & deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics.....
Then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.

Author Unknown

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I told St. Peter I'd rather stay here,
Outside the pearly gate.
I won't be a nuisance, I won't even bark.
I'll be very patient and wait.
I'll be here, chewing a celestial bone,
no matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much if I went in alone,
it wouldn't be heaven for me.

Lynne Moore

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I Ask For the Privilege

I ask for the privilege of not being born...not to be born until you can assure me
of a home and a master to protect me,and a right to live as long as I am physically able to enjoy life...not to be born until my body is precious and men have ceased to exploit it because it is cheap and plentiful.

Author Unknown

Sincere thanks to Yvonne Presley of Florida's Flagler County Humane Society for sending this to me.

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I Am Thankful

(Excerpted from the Arizona Republic, Kenneth White, Executive Director of the Arizona Humane Society)

Amidst the discouraging news we are so often forced to face, here are some beautiful words to give thanks to our furry friends as we start the new millennium.

"I am thankful for the soft, warm curve of a dog's face nestling in an open hand. I am thankful for the rich smell of their fur. I am thankful for the conversations with dogs, so often beginning with a callused paw touching a shoulder. I am thankful for the roughhouse play, the chase, rolling together through grass and dirt, lots of legs flying, and then sitting together afterward, quiet, being loved by those chocolate eyes. I am thankful for dogs.

"I am thankful for the intelligent stare of a cat's eyes, direct and unblinking into my own, that impossibly beautiful green or blue or yellow eyes that stare without question or comment, just seeking connection. I am thankful for the electric touch of that small, lithe frame. I am thankful for the soundless conversations with cats, the lengthy, silent, late-night talks. I am thankful for the way they nestle around my body, making blankets of themselves. I am thankful for cats.

"I am thankful for the relationships that all of us human animals can have with the Earth's so many other animal inhabitants."


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