Words of MavericK

Blabbering of a Fool

The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership (犬の10戒)

  1. 私と気長につきあってください。
    Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  2. 私を信じてください。それだけで私は幸せです。
    Place your trust in me. It’s crucial to my well-being.
  3. 私にも心があることを忘れないでください。
    Be aware that however you treat me I’ll never forget it.
  4. 言うことを聞かないときは、理由があります。
    Before you scold me for being lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
  5. 私にたくさん話しかけてください。人の言葉は話せないけど、わかっています。
    Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.
  6. 私をたたかないで。本気になったら私のほうが強いことを忘れないでください。
    Remember before you hit me, I have teeth that could hurt you, but that I choose not to bite you.
  7. 私が年を取っても、仲良くしてください。
    Take care of me when I get old.
  8. あなたには学校もあるし友達もいます。でも、私にはあなたしかいません。
    You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I have only you.
  9. 私は10年くらいしか生きられません。だから、できるだけ私と一緒にいてください。
    My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.
  10. 私が死ぬとき、お願いです。そばにいてください。そして、どうか覚えていてください。私がずっとあなたを愛していたことを。
    Go with me on difficult journeys. Everything is easier for me when you are there. Remember I love you…

The 6th, 8th, and last commandment seems the most important to me. 🙂

Just a note: There are slight variations between the English version and the Japanese one.

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