Friday, March 16, 2012

The Purpose of A Dog

Calling all you dog-lovers out there...

I received this super adorable email from Derek...who received it from his Dad.  I couldn't resist sharing it with all of you:

"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 and live.

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.''"

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.

Hope you have a great weekend, and most importantly, a fun St. Patrick's Day!

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Mrs. H said...

Oh I loved this sooo much. Thanks for sharing.

Lauren said...

How sweet, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend :-)

Courtney said...

I have no idea why but this made me tear up. I am such a dog lover and what that little boy said is true. They really are the best of the best. I'm going to go home and give a big hug to Willow tonight!

Michelle P said...

AWww that's so true! Cute.

Eesh said...

This is soooo adorable! It made me tear up! I can't imagine my life without Baileah anymore. *sigh He just made my life so much better! As for Shane, he is wise beyond his years :)

Thanks for sharing!

Wishing you guys a wonderful weekend.


CMae said...

Wow I got really choked up reading this. Animals esp dogs esp MY DOG are my world!!!!

Brittany said...

Such a good post! :)

Kristen said...

Oh my this!

Elle Sees said...

tears, tears, tears!! my pup will be 2 next month, and i can't imagine life without him! and how did i ever live without him in the first place? he's my buddy.

Katrin said...

Thank you for sharing this!

Jax said...

I love this! It just makes my heart melt. I've read it before and it just makes me say "awww" in my heart when I read it..

Anonymous said...

That was sweet!! That's why I love my fur baby, Napoleon. :P

agalandherdog said...

That is too sweet!

Ashlee @ They Lived Happily Ever After... said...

Well aren't you the cutest thing I ever did see!?! Newest follower.

dave and jenn said...

So sweet. Dogs really are the best. :)

I can't wait to hear about your weekend recap. I bet you did something really fun for St. Patrick's Day and had a cute outfit to wear too!