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Dog's Rights and Our Responsibilites

Canine Rights and Our Responsibilities

Chestnutbelle 8 weeks old!

She stole my heart.

Without her Chestnuts Labs

 would not be here today.

We love + miss you Chestnutbelle!!

Our Responsibility to our CANINE companions!

 

 

 

Ten Commandments

Bill of Rights

1. My life is likely to last only 10 to 15 years,

any separation from you will be very painful.

2. Give me time to understand,

what it is you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me,

It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long.

Don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I only have you.

5. Talk to me even, if I don't understand your words.

I do understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me,

I'll never forget it.

7. Before you hit me,

remember that I have teeth that could easily have crushed the bones in your hand, but I chose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative,

ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old.

You too will grow old one day.

10. Go with me on the difficult journeys,

never say. "I can't bear to watch it" or "Let it happen when I'm not there". Remember everything is easier for me when you are there.

Remember I Love You.

~Unknown~

We have the right to be full members of your family.

We thrive on social interaction, praise, and   love.

We have the right to stimulation.

We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.

We have the right to regular exercise.

Without it, we could become hyper, sluggish ...or fat.

We have the right tohave fun.

We enjoy acting like clowns now and then; don't expect us to be predictable all the time.

We have the right to quality health care.

Please stay good friends with a good vet!

We have the right to a good diet.

Like some people, we don't know what's best for us. We depend on you.

We have the right not to be rejected.

Just because of your expectations that we be great show dogs or watchdogs, hunters, or baby-sitters.

We have the right to receive proper training.

Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife - and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.

We have the right to  guidance and correction.

Based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.

We have the right to live with dignity.

And to die with dignity when the time comes.

~Unknown~

 Chestnuts and Campers Memorial
 
 
 
Chestnut and Camper both passed on in 2004.
Chestnuts was
almost 15 years young and
Happy Camper was almost 12.
We lost them 9 months apart.
The legacy of beautiful labradors
they left us with is what keeps
Chestnuts Labs2love going.
They are watching over all of their puppies and
will be with us
forever in our hearts and our memories.
They where both a wonderful tribute
to the labrador breed.  
If you ever have to say good-bye
to your wonderful companion,
know that they really are never far from you,
just a memory away
and will always watch over you!
Knowing and loving a
labrador as well as any canine companion is the
greatest gift you will ever receive.
You can never repay your dog for the
unconditional love that they give you!
Rest in Peace my Beloved Chestnut and Camper,
until we are together again!
 

    FROM THEIR HEARTS TO OURS
 
  If it should be that I grow frail and weak

  And pain should keep me from my sleep,

  Then will you do what must be done,

  For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

  You will be sad I understand,

  But don't let grief then stay your hand,

  For on this day, more than the rest,

  Your love and friendship must stand the test.

  We have had so many happy years,

  You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

  When the time comes, please, let me go.

  Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,

  Only, stay with me till the end

  And hold me firm and speak to me

  Until my eyes no longer see.

  I know in time you will agree

  It is a kindness you do to me.

  Although my tail its last has waved,

  From pain and suffering I have been saved.

  Don't grieve that it must be you

  Who has to decide this thing to do;

  We've been so close -- we two -- these years,

  Don't let your heart hold any tears.

 

 

Treat me kindly, my loved master, for no heart in the world is more grateful
for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Please do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I lick your hand between

 the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the

things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music,

as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps

 fall upon by waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a

domesticated animal,no longer used to bitter elements.

I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside

the hearth.

Though if you had no home, I would rather follow through ice

and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land,

 for you are my idol, and I am your devoted worshipper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not

reproach you if were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food, that I may be well, to romp and play

and do your bidding, to walk by your side,

and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life

should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master s

ee fit to deprive me of my health or sight,

do not turn me away from you,

Please, rather hold me gently in your arms

as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...

and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew,

my fate was ever safest in your hands.

~Unknown~