golden retriever puppy

A Golden's 10 Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me — Please remember that before you take me home.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me — it is crucial to my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long — & don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.

5. Talk to me. Even though I don’t understand all your words — I do understand your voice.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, that I’ll never ever forget it.

7. Please don’t hit me — I can’t hit you back. I could bite or scratch, but I love you and I really don’t want to do anything like that.

8. Before you scold me for being obstinate, uncooperative or lazy, ask yourself if something may be bothering me. Perhaps I need a change of food — or I’ve been out in the sun too long.

9. Take care of me when I grow old. You’ll grow old too.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything’s easier for me if you are there — Always remember, I love you very much.