Sunday, July 6, 2008

A dog's purpose

 

I was sent this from a forward. I thought that I would share it would everyone. I love my dogs and I will miss them dearly. They had been my friend when noone else has. They laid and cuddled with me when I was sad. They listened to me when noone else would. I know it is silly but they are a big part of my family and my life.

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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 timeand
 being nice, right?' The six-year-old continued,
 'Well, dogs already know how to d o 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.
 
 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 nuzzle them gently.
 
 Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing
 you have.
 
 ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
 That's what dogs teach us...
 
 

4 comments:

fieldpixie272 said...

This is true.  I lost my dog Teddy a couple of months ago, and I will never get over that.

bojgill4375 said...

That is so true. Put my Cherokee down not too long ago. I have had a dog almost all of my life. Hugs, Janie

pprrrr39 said...

Our animals are our family too, for the amount of love we give to them i swear they give it back 100 times over.
They know when we are sad, feeling low and somehow they express their feelings to us by licking us, snuggling up to us and generally just being there when no-one else is
hugs Jayne

salemslot9 said...

do you still have them?