A different perspective

Published March 9, 2008 by Stacy

I got this story by email this evening. It touched my heart and I found some nuggets of truth in it so I wanted to share.

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

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Linda,
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. 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 Linda 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.
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.

I wanted to add this. we woke up to snow this morning. All said and done we got about 2-3 inches of the white stuff. Bean and Buddy went outside a couple of times to play. Bean even made a sculpture out of snow and icicles she broke off the bottom of the van. I went out at one point and took our dog, Angel, with me. I chased her around the front yard for a few minutes. Then we moved over to the field across the street. Angel is a funny dog. She likes to play so i chased her around in the field a little. Then I made a snowball and threw it at her. She would stand there and wait for the snow to land in front of her, then she would attack where the snowball landed. Then she would wait for another snowball. We did this for a while but then it started to snow again so I headed back inside.

But this is the observation I came up with today. Yes we woke up with snow but living here in middle TN means that it does not stay around for very long. After lunch the sun came out and by sun down today almost all of the snow was gone. So while it may shut down school for a day(annoying in my mind) here and there, it does not usually stay around for very long. I like that…a lot.


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