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Bronach Druid
February 25th, 2008, 11:41 AM
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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.

Enjoy your day.

Dr. Jon

Brigid Rowan
February 25th, 2008, 11:45 AM
That made me tear up....its very sweet.

thanks for sharing.

February 25th, 2008, 11:55 AM
that's so sad. and beautiful. kids can be beautiful

February 26th, 2008, 03:34 AM
That was so great! I hope I remember that if/when my grand kids loose a pet.

February 26th, 2008, 10:44 PM
I remember seeing that before, but it makes me tear up each time.

Willow Rosette
February 26th, 2008, 11:27 PM
I have never heard that one but can totally see a child saying it. Absolutly precious!

Miss Dana
February 27th, 2008, 12:19 AM
I always love the way kids see the world the way it really is: sweet and simple.

February 27th, 2008, 10:39 AM
....now i'm crying darn you!!

Hubby says his mom told him "God lends lends us the little ones for the shortest time."

atm kitty is sleeping peacefully nuzzling my hand and i'm forced to type with one hand as she purrs softly...

i'm squidging with love darnit.

Lunar Raven
February 27th, 2008, 09:55 PM
That was so sad...and wise, and beautiful :(

I had to go hug my dog afterwards. Lol.

February 27th, 2008, 10:07 PM
That made me tear up... Me to that was such a way to put it...

February 28th, 2008, 07:03 PM
:smile: Awesome! Thanks for sharing it :ballonsmi

March 11th, 2008, 12:37 AM
Oh my gosh, that made me tear up too!