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A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old).

Sep 25, 2008 - 7 comments

For all you dog lovers:

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.

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.


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by AlessandrasMom, Sep 25, 2008
I just love that.  It brought tears to my eyes.  I have two labs - 5 and 6 years of age and they are my babies and they bring such joy to our family.
Thanks for posting that!

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by have 2 kids, Sep 25, 2008
How touching!  Thank you for sharing it.

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by selmaS, Oct 02, 2008
that was just beautiful- tears in my eyes too! I lost my dog many yeaars ago when my daughter was very young.3yrs.
so she didn't understand like the young boy, wow his parents are doing a great job with him.

Thanks for sharing,

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by anonymous789, Oct 03, 2008
I NEED SOME KLEENEX!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing that! I loved it...

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by kitty51, Oct 25, 2008
dogs are surely smarter than us.My two got together and had a pup,so i mum,dad and the kid.The mum taught the pup everything,she was a carbon copy,I didnt have to train her it was done for me,and the dad played and never dished out any disapline until the mum died 2 years ago at he ripe old age of 17!! I knew she was close to dying,it was having to have her put to sleep that was sending me crazy.I cuddled her for 2 hours and and asked her to help me out,as i didnt want to go through the process.Within half an hour after putting her into her bed she went to sleep naturally,and the other sat near her sniffing,they new for sure,even the cat did the same thing..If they all could go so peacefully and on their own accord wouldnt that be wonderful.
You must be a very caring Vet,ours is terrific too!!

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by TrudieC, Oct 25, 2008
Thanks.  I'm not a vet - this was something someone sent to me.

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by marie3B, Oct 25, 2008
I was hanging out with Karma this morning.  It is neighborhood clean up day.  I was hauling old moldy pieces of board to a dumpster. Some were heavy.  I got muddy and tired.  A spider got on me and I squealed. I poked myself in the right boob with a stick. I had fun doing all this awful stuff because Karma was bouncing around me full of joy and looking at me with love in her eyes.  She is an old German Shepherd, but she is still a puppy around me.  Needless to say, I enjoyed reading this!  Marie

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