Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Great Life Lesson

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 f elt 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 r ising.
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.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Stop when you have had enough.
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 nuzzlethem gently.
Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing you have.

That's what dogs teach us...


Kitty said...

really nice post, BB.
It breaks my heart to see animals come and go...but then there are so many (unwanted dogs and cats).

I can't think too much of it or it will make me very sad.

glad to know there are other animal lovers out there!

Christine said...

This post is so great! I love it!

Nikon said...

Great post, & thanks for the visit.

Rue said...

I just got back from my trip... I'm reading along and then.... I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes while I'm reading this. Beautiful story :)


Ruth said...

Every time I read this, it brings a tear to my eye. It reminds me of a book I read recently called Life to the Max by Robin Reynolds. It's a look at family life from the perspective of their rescued dog Max, and is filled with life lessons and maxims that dogs teach us along the way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the book suggestion Ruth! We also rescued an older dog and it recently passed away. The book helped me explain the loss of our beloved family pet to the girls who were feeling a little confused with the whole situation. Thanks again!