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Posted on 01-13-2015
You may have read this sweet story written by a veterinarian about a family and their dog as they say good-bye. It's one of those stories that us pet lovers keep alive by e-mailing it to each other through the years, or seeing it pop up on your favorite social media site, because of it's powerful message. Well, Dr. Duncan happened to get this in his inbox, so he thought it was worth sharing with you! Warning--you might need a couple tissues to get through it!
Why Is a Dog's Life So Short?
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 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.''
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
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