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Aug 29, 2009

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.'

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 are not. 

If what you want lies buried, dig until you
find it. Persevere.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent,
sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

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Posted: Saturday August 29, 2009, 5:27 pm
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