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20 essential facts dog lovers must always remember. The last one comes with a tissue alert.

Dogsarefamily_thumb By Dogs Are Family | February 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

Dogs are family™ here at DogHeirs. We’ve created this list of 20 essential things all dog lovers must always keep in mind. These life lessons are sometimes easy to forget in our hectic lives, but when you remember that you are your dog’s whole world, these 20 truths are unforgettable.

All photos belong to our wonderful DogHeirs members.


20 Essential Facts Dog Lovers Must Always Remember

1. Don’t ignore me for too long. I may only live for 10 to 15 years. It seems like forever when you’re away from me and it hurts my heart when I don’t know where you are. 

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Photo credit: Christina

2. Take me to new places to meet friendly people and animals. I might be frightened of them at first, but if you hold my paw through these new experiences, I’ll learn to be more confident and trusting of others. I really do love to meet new friends.

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Photo credit: Anne Savage Photography

3. Don’t throw me away when new family members arrive. They are my family too and I will love and protect them as much as I love and protect you. 

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Photo credit: Lindsey Potter

4. Don’t get mad at me when I jump up. I love you so much and sometimes I can’t help getting excited and wanting to give you a hug.

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Photo credit: Misa Way

5. Teach me new things. I love making you happy so teach me what you’d like me to do. Learning is great exercise and I love it just as much as a run at the park.

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Photo credit: Jeffrey Evans

6. Don’t get frustrated and give up on me. I don’t understand your language, but I’m trying my best to learn. Give me time to understand what you want of me because all I want to do is please you.

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Photo credit: Natassa Kost

7. Don’t take out your stress on me. No matter how your day went, I am always happy to see you and will do whatever I can to make your day better.

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Photo credit: Anna Teresa Herda

8. Give me comfort when I’m scared. I always feel better when I’m with you and it may just take a moment before I understand that new things wont hurt me.

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"Poor dog's terrifying first train ride..."

9. No matter how busy you are, try to spend a little bit of quality time with me every day. This is truly what I look forward to the most and every minute means so much to me.

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Photo credit: Matt

10. Don’t leave me outside when it’s too hot or too cold. I don’t have anywhere to go to stay cool or to keep warm and I don’t know how to escape if I’m in a desperate situation.

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Photo credit: Kristi Sockwell

11. Don’t forget the little things that keep me healthy and happy. My paws hurt if my toenails are too long and I feel much better after my coat has been brushed free of mats. I could even get sick if my teeth are too dirty. It’s only minutes of your time, but it means so much to me.

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Photo credit: sarah-jane

12. Trust me. I trust you with all my heart, so please trust me too. You mean the world to me.

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Photo credit: Kelly Charron

13. Don’t be angry with me for too long. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.

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Photo credit: Kim

14. Talk to me. I may not understand your words, but I understand your tone and body language.

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Photo credit: ChurchinPhotography

15. Always treat me with kindness. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. The more you love me, the stronger our bond will be.

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Photo credit: Roy

16. Please don’t hit me. Remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you because I love you. If I did something wrong, I didn’t mean to make you angry, so please help me understand how to not repeat it. I would much rather give you kisses.

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Photo credit: catherine krus

17. Let me know whenever I’ve done something right. Nothing in the world makes me happier. I can tell when you’re pleased with me and if I know what I’ve done to make you smile, you can bet your life that I will try and do it again. And again, and again, and again…

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Photo credit: jiuliana mckenzie

18. Pay attention to me if I’m not being myself. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, please check to see if something might be bothering me. My heart may be getting old, I may be unwell, or I could even be in pain.

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Photo credit: Hans Gotun

19. Take care of me when I get old, just as much as you cared for me when I was a puppy. When I was young, you spent so much time cuddling me and touching my soft fur. My fur might not be as soft and I am no longer small, but my love for you has only grown stronger. 

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Photo credit: Janet Woudenberg

20. Come with me on difficult journeys. I understand that it's hard for you, but please stay with me until the very end. Everything is better, easier and safer for me if you are with me. Remember, I love you.

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Photo credit: Sara Robertson


And when the time comes, remember that dogs never die. They are sleeping in your heart.

Cherish your dogs! Dogs are family™ for life.

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Comments on this Article

I agree with all the facts dogs are the best companion at times when we are disturbed due to some unusual causes. They are the most trust worthy creature in this entire world. i lost one of my pet dog and still unable to forget those memories, special time spent with him during my sad moods, morning walks.
The last "Rule" indeed did make me cry.... my Great Dog, Maxamilian, a Rotweiller of the kindest ever sort and nature, died a couple of years ago, and still I miss him so much. Max Died of internal bleedings, and I was with him till the last moments, I held him while the doc gave him the injection, the last thing Max did was giving me a lick, and then he started his last journey, and was gone. I miss him, so much!
Nice piece. The only exceptions are #2 which depends on the dog...some are not suited or even safe to just take into social situations and #4 which should suggest training to stop jumping on people like granny or kids.
OMGosh, I couldn't hold back the tears,,,,I kept looking at my two fur girls lying next to me snoring....and couldn't hold back the tears. I absolutely love this and the one that really really gets me is the one when the girl is holding the Dalmatian on the subway....I would actually really so this if my girls were scared. If I saw this...I would cry and then go over and give her a break and ask if she would like me to help by holding her dog for awhile to give her arms a break. Just sooo touching...I am going to copy and keep this....
OMG.....even though our beloved Golden Retriever has been gone for almost 7 years this reduced me to a crying mess. I am 51 years old and even though we have another dog this article still got me. I miss him like hell. He wasn't a dog but a human covered in fur. Always happy, loyal, loving and cuddly. An amazing life for 15 1/2 years. We even have a plaque at home in his memory. RIP my furry friend. Always loved,never forgotten. Now I need more tissues dammit!!
I kept looking my two fur babies while I read this and I could imagine them saying these things to me. I love them with all my heart and cannot imagine anything could ever change that. All dog owners should read this and understand that every word is true.
We just lost our beloved, best friend Max on November 29 - ironic because it was known as Black Friday. We were by his side on his favourite spot on the sofa as he slipped away. The photo alongside #20 brought a flood of memories and tears. It's easy to see it gets easier, but I think that we just become more used to their absence. I haven't spent a day yet where I haven't had a moment of tears thinking about him.
Very lovely. I would add to that, that your dog will gladly give their life for you any second of any day.
What a beautiful compilation of photographs. I agree with what you have said. There is one thing I have learned over time that has, I think contributed to the longevity and overall happiness of my dogs, and that is the last walk of the day. I try to keep that walk at the same time every night that my dogs know like clockwork that this is their time to go outside. Like clockwork they will have regular bowel movements and then have a better quality of sleep. I call this my utility walk. I do take my dogs on other walks during the day but this walk I try not to deviate from. If you are having trouble with your dog going to the washroom on your floor, a regular walk at the same time every day can go a long way to preventing this. I also take a flashlight with me for picking up after my dogs. If I notice anything wrong over a period of time with their poop, because I pickup after them I have a sample to send to the vet.
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