Posted by: Susan | October 31, 2009

In This House

My friend Kimberly sent this to all her dog loving friends.  I think it applies just as well to the kitties and other critters that inhabit our lives and homes:

“Here in this house……. ….

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs ‘out there’.Dog1
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness,
and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.
Here in this house…

There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.
I will be talked to and, even if I don’t understand,
I can enjoy the warmth of the words.
I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!
Dog5Here in this house…

I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve peoples’ images of themselves.
I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea of who I should be.
I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or stupidity.
I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.
If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.
Here in this house…

I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch…
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored.
If scared, I will be calmed.
If sad, I will be cheered.
No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and thought to be of value.Dog2
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough.
My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.
I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.

Here in this house…
I will belong.
I will be home.”

I thought it was wonderful but not quite complete.  So I added:

“Here in this house…

I can puke on the new rug and pee on the bath mat when I really can’t control myself and get away with it.  I can shred a new roll of paper towels or box of tissues and only get yelled at for a little while.   It’s understood that anything on the kitchen counter or island really belongs to me.

I can relax anywhere I want, any time I want.  My buds and I can hog the couch all day if we want to.  Dog beds are for sissies.  Here in this house, I will never be lonely.

Dogs on couch AJ in dog bedDSC01094





Here in this house, I can blow out my knee and know that I will be able to walk and play again, despite the $3,000 vet bill and having to be carried up the stairs every night for two weeks and rehabbed for 3 months.  And no matter how tight the budget,  I will always get Christmas presents in this house. 


Christmas Doggie

Here in this house, the world definitely revolves around….ME!!!”

Toby's Nose


  1. Aw, that’s too cute and sad at the same time because we know all houses aren’t as good as the home you, and others like you (us) will do our very best to provide. Come to think about it, can I be one of your pets? Huh? HUh? Pretty Please!!

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