10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You

* Written by Eric Handler

I am publishing this blog in memory of my dog, Stella (pictured above), who died last year on September 21st.

I saw this list shared by several friends on Facebook. It is so simple and moving that I felt compelled to share it here. I invite you to share your thoughts below.

1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.

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

3. Place your trust in me—it is crucial to my wellbeing.

4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.

5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.

6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.

Our dogs spooning. Rocco and Stella (passed on last year)

7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.

8. Remember before you hit me that I have sharp teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.

9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.

10. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old. Accompany me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there—even my death.

Remember that I love you.

Eric Handler is the co-founder of Positively Positive. He recently spoke at TEDx. Follow Eric on TWITTER. 


  1. Thank you for sharing such a moving post. I cherish my dog and as I notice him getting older, i dread the day he won't be with me but for now, I cherish the time he is with me.

  2. lovely – our dog has made our life complete since the kids left home – we wouldnt be without him and its given us a mutual interest – I treasure the time we have with him but I believe when he goes off to doggy heaven he will also be happy and possibly reincarnated into another form (whether it be human or animal) – its kind of comforting when you believe this
    Thank you for your post
    Susan @ Find the Real You

  3. This made me cry.. i know how the animal feel, i could always see it in her eyes her pain, and if i hurt her fellings..But oh how I love her..Thanks for reminding me :0

  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful article. I love Rocky our wonderful sweet loving dog – we should all try to remember these 10 things in our day to day life with our dogs. Thanks again.

  5. This is so true with any pet…they become part of us, members of our family… I was with my sweet little cat Rosy when she passed, I was so afraid yet I knew she needed me to be there with her and help her through her transition. She was my little girl for 23 years, I still miss her terribly but am so grateful she was there for me for 23 years. Animals ask so little of us, they love us unconditionally…

  6. What a great article I wish everyone could understand what it means to have a friend like your pet. Give your dog a good doggie life for what they give in return it's worth it. I still miss our little Lucy she gave us 19 years of happiness.