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Poem forwarded by Dianne
5 years ago
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A definite read where we can learn a lot - thanks Dianne!.


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.

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.'


So live like a dog:
5 years ago

What a clever boy this story show we can learn a lot from children

5 years ago

I loved this and children are the best teachers. Thank you Dianne and Vallee.

5 years ago

Just had to share!

The poem
5 years ago

Thanks I found it very beautiful and wise

5 years ago

Hi Maria - nice to see you here...

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