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Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old)

When I read this story it made me wonder what the world would be like if we all lived by these simple rules.

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 joy-ride..

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'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 nuzzle them gently


It is what it is



Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Absolutely beautiful, Rod...
Would that we all had the wisdom of Shane.
He got that one right.

::wipes tears away; smiles; logs off::

Rod said...

I have to agree this one is touching.
Thanks for stopping by.


HermitJim said...

Have to say, this one brought tears to my eyes...

Thanks for sharing it.

Rod said...

Oh yeah was it ever.
But if everyone lived by those simple rules life would be better.


Edain: said...

Lovely, Rod. Thank you! :)

Rod said...

Nice of you stop by.


Carol Ayers said...

Out of the mouths of babes....so true! Thanks, Rod.

Rod said...

How true it is!
Thanks for stopping by.


Lydia said...

Hey Rod, I've seen this one before and it really is nice. If only we could be even a little like that, right? You can do anything at all to a dog, and within minutes they're right back to you with those sparkling loving eyes waiting for you to love them again.

Thanks for posting that , really nice.

Rod said...

You being a dog lover I knew you would like it.
Thanks for stopping by.