Bear by Michelle



January 11 2000

German Shepherd

"If you can start the day without caffeine;

if you can get going without pep pills;

if you can always be cheerful ignoring aches and pains;

if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;

if you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it;

if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time;

if you can forgive a friend's lack of consideration;

if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when,

through no fault of your own something goes wrong;

if you can take criticism and blame without resentment;

if you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him;

if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend;

if you can face the world without lies and deceit;

if you can conquer tension without medical help;

if you can sleep without the aid of drugs;

if you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have

no prejudice against creed or color religion or politics;

then my friend you're almost as good as your dog."