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Rhonda
07-07-2008, 03:13 PM
A Dog's Purpose


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.

He 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?' The six-year-old continued, '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..

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

des1954
07-07-2008, 03:28 PM
Aw man Rhonda.... why didn't you issue a "tissue warning" with this?

I am giving you some serious points for failing to issue the tissue warning!!!

Just Beachy
07-07-2008, 03:47 PM
Thanks, Rhonda. I'm all misty here. Not having been blessed with children, my dogs are my kids, so this stuff just tears me apart!!:sad1:

Born 2 Fish
07-07-2008, 03:56 PM
Well said.:)

loveDmouse
07-07-2008, 04:17 PM
That is great Rhonda. Thanks for posting it. It brings tears to my eyes. Especially after the loss of one of our kitties back in March. He lived a good long life but you always wish it could be longer (as long as they are healthy). Almost 13.

We choose not to have children and so we have kids with four legs and fur. They mean so very much to us. They are our children. :thumbsup2 :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

AuburnJen92
07-07-2008, 09:07 PM
OK Rhonda, I agree with the tissue warning here...

that brought back the memory of the our vet coming over to the house three yrs ago to put our lab of 13 years down from bone cancer...he wouldn't even let me bury him, he went with Chris out in the back yard and they both buried him for me...

now i really do need a tissue...and another dog

OK GRUMPY
07-07-2008, 11:04 PM
Wow! That's a life lessen..... I'm going to get the tissues know! Very well said!

Thanks
Cindy