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Old 01-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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A Dog's Purpose from a 6-year-old


Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him.

What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.

The Six-year-old said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.

You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.

So, love the people who treat you right.

Think good thoughts for the ones who don't.

Life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...Have a great life.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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That's so freaking wonderful, thank you!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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wonderful! the falling down part is certainly where i am in my life.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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Very well written. Ten years is a good life for an IW.
I could never be a veterinarian for this very reason, euthanasia.
I commend you, LMB. I don't always agree with vets, but know we can't live without you. And neither could our pets.
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Yet another reminder of just why I love dogs. Thanks for sharing....Mrs.
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Thanks, that was great.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #7
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Very well written. Ten years is a good life for an IW.
I could never be a veterinarian for this very reason, euthanasia.
I commend you, LMB. I don't always agree with vets, but know we can't live without you. And neither could our pets.
Pac .. I am not a vet .. I was a vet tech for quite a few years so can do anything a vet can.

I found this little story recently and thought it was just too perfect not to pass on.
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Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:17 PM   #9
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This was beautiful, and certainly applies to what we're dealing with right now.
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I saw this on facebook the other day. It is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it here Mrs. LMB!
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