Sometimes, when we are looking for answers to your questions, we come across websites that we really like. One of them is www.bestfriends.org, the website of the Best Friends Animal Society. And sometimes, on those websites we find publications that are truly useful and helpful. Like the Best Friends Animal Society ABC’s of Dog Life, which you can find and download at
It has comprehensive, understandable and practical information about finding and choosing your dog, and then caring for him or her in ways that will enrich your life, your family’s life, and your dog’s. Here is just a small example of what me mean from page 27. It’s called Promises to My Dog.
“Bringing a dog into your family causes great joy all around. But, making a commitment to a dog is much like making a commitment to a human being: Both relationships require daily care and nurturing in order to flourish. So, as you embark (no pun intended!) on this new commitment, here are a dozen promises to consider making to your dog:
1. I promise to have realistic expectations of the role my dog will play in my life. I will remember that she is a dog, not a furry little human; she cannot satisfy all my emotional needs.
2. I promise to protect my dog from dangers, such as traffic and other creatures who might want to hurt her.
3. I promise to keep her well dressed with a collar containing up-to-date I.D.
4. I promise to learn kind and gentle training methods so that she can understand what I am trying to say.
5. I promise to be consistent with my training, since dogs feel secure when daily life is predictable, with fair rules and structure.
6. I promise to match her loyalty and patience with my own.
7. I promise that my dog will be part of my family. I will make a commitment to schedule time every day to interact with her so that she will feel loved and will not develop behavior problems from a lack of stimulation and socialization.
8. I promise to seek professional help if my dog develops behavior problems that become unmanageable.
9. I promise that my dog will have opportunities to exercise and honor some of her instincts. She’ll have walks and runs outside of her daily territory, so she can sniff and explore.
10. I promise to provide veterinary care for her entire life. I will keep her healthy and watch her weight.
11. I promise that if I move, marry, have a baby, or get divorced, she will continue to share my life, since she is a beloved family member.
12. I promise that if I absolutely must give her up, I will find an appropriate home for her that is as good as or better than my home.”
Every dog should be so lucky.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter assistance, information and referral, adoption assistance to pet owners, humane education programs, foster care and adoption for pets in urgent need, assistance with lost and found pets. Our administrative offices and spay/neuter clinic are located at 265 West First Street, Oswego, New York. Check our web site at www.oswegohumane.org or call (315) 207-1070 for more information or to be placed on our mailing list for our newsletter.