My dog and I live in this house. You are welcome to come and visit me anytime, but we have a few things that you must understand before you visit......

You must expect a few dog hairs to stick to your clothes. I vacuum and clean on a regular basis, but a Dog lives in this house too. You may be licked and given a paw a few times, but he does this because he loves people and wants to say "Hello". If you do not enjoy being lavished with "puppy love", then you may not feel comfortable here, because this is his home too.

My dog is well mannered and very clean. I bathe him, brush his teeth, and comb him regularly, but if you are one of those people who think ALL animals are dirty and smelly, then you and I will probably have difficulty feeling comfortable during your visit.

If you don't like the sound of barking, then my home is not likely to be a pleasant place for you. My dog protects me by letting me know I have a visitor. Whether it be a friend, or uninvited stranger. If you are a friend, my dog will consider you his friend too.....but if you are an unwelcome guest, my dog will protect me with his life, as I would his.

Do NOT expect me to lock my dog in another room during your visit. I have trained my dog well so he will not do anything to you, except maybe want a pat on the head. I will NOT subject him to feel as if he is BEING PUNISHED by locking him away for NO reason. That would just be CRUEL! When you walk in my home, be careful not to trip on a squeaky toy or a bone. These are my dog's little treasures, and I will not take them away from him, just to show you that I keep a clean house. He knows where all his toys are. They may not look like much to you, but to him, they are worth more than gold. You see, this is OUR home. We have been together for a long time. I raised him into a well mannered, beautifully behaved dog. I am proud of him. I consider him my personal gift from God. He has done nothing but give me his endless love and devotion for many years. I love him dearly and want to make his years happy ones, as happy as he makes mine. There are many that find it difficult to understand the love between a pet and his master, but let me assure you, such a bond exists, and it is a real and beautiful bond. When you go home to your family, he stays here with me. A fine and loving companion. He is part of MY family and I wouldn't change that for the world. When I was sick, he stayed right by my side as I did his when he was not having a good day. He greets me with unbridled joy when I return from an outing. He never notices my bad moods....he's there for me even when I'm cross and cranky. A better friend I could not ask for. When no one else cared, my Dog did. He has given me nothing but pure joy, and unconditional love, and I love him endlessly.

So please understand, I am not being rude, I'm just looking out for my very best friend.

Author Unknown

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