Sunday, June 29, 2008

What are the "10 Promises to My Dog"? | A promise not to watch at Golden Village

Well, I'm never a dog person myself. More a cat person. Anyway, managed to watch the Japanese movie "10 Promises to My Dog" or "10 Promises between Me and My Dog" (Official site here, unfortunately not in English) and I must say the ChannelNewsAsia article, "Sensitive souls, get ready your tissue!" does not exaggerate. Throughout the movie, many were heard sniffing & the sounds of tissues being pulled out were evident.

Good to know we all do have feelings. Heh.

Anyway, I've been hunting on the Net about the list of the promises, but the closest I could find is the followings:

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Regular separation from you will be painful and can even cause depression. Think before you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me don’t be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back, respect is earned not given as some sort of inalienable right.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why I am being locked up. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your tone. “You only have to look at my tail” to know that.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget, if that treatment is unjust or bad, it may spoil the special bond between us.

7. Please do not hit me. I cannot hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I don’t ever want to feel the need to do that.

8. Before you tell me off me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be wrong with me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food or I’ve been out in the sun too long, maybe my heart is getting old and weak, or maybe I’m just dog-tired.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and will also want care, love, and affection.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, Irrespective of what you do I will always love you.

The wordings are not exactly the same. Perhaps the show is based from that Ten Commandments From a Dog's Point of View. Oh well, to do more search on the Net...

PS. And a promise not to watch at Golden Village? That's because the advertisements shown before the movie are unbearably A LOT!! Okay, I'm making a comparison here with Eng Wah & Cathay.

PPS. Thanks to Nicholas who pointed out the 10 promises from the movie official site. Here they are:
1. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

2. Place your trust in me. It's crucial to my well-being.

3. Be aware that however you treat me I'll never forget it.

4. Before you scold me for being lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6. Remember before you hit me, I have teeth that could hurt you, but that I choose not to hurt you.

7. Take care of me when I get old.

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

9. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.

10.Go with me on difficult journeys. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember I love you...

3 comments:

Nicholas Ong said...

You can go to http://www.inu10.jp/. There is a list of the ten promises under the third tab and look for "Yue Shu"

CS said...

It may be interesting to know that the English translation on the site is a bit inaccurate. "Difficult journey" is something more like "when it is time for me to die".

frank said...

http://www.bunshun.co.jp/yakusoku/yakusoku.htm

you can exactly see the promises there


You can also translate them with google translator, http://translate.google.com, if you think the translation is not good enough, just like the 10th promise should be:

#10 When I die, please, please to have around. Please remember me, that was much I love you