My life is likely to last at least ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you acquire me.
Give me time to understand what you want from me.
Place your trust in me.
Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, and your entertainment. I only have you.
Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.
Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that can easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I don't understand what you ask of me or perhaps I am not feeling well, not getting the right food, been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
Take care of me when I get old, you too will grow old.
Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say "I can't bear to watch," or "let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier if you are there.
Remember, no matter what, that I love you. Unconditionally.