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Posted: 2/3/2006 6:12:23 AM EDT
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 there were no miracles left 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 the four-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
four-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.

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:21:28 AM EDT
Very dusty in here today. And I need to go hug my dog.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:24:50 AM EDT
Bama, that truly made me feel good. Will be doing some cutting and pasting of that story. Thank you for that one.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:27:26 AM EDT
Wow, that's cool.

Thanks.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:28:22 AM EDT
Wisdom of a child is amazing
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:28:40 AM EDT
My twelve year old Airedale is getting close to her time. Thanks for the story; it helps put things in perspective.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:30:16 AM EDT
Funny how kids give the simplest yet best answers to questions that we adults would mull over for hours. Innocence is beautiful.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:30:39 AM EDT
Great story, thanks a lot for posting it
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:31:07 AM EDT
nice story...one I'm going to share with my girlfriend.

thanks
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:54:47 AM EDT
That's a readers digest-esque story but warm nonetheless.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:55:43 AM EDT
You know when you get something in your eye trying to use the 'puter? Hate when that happens.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:14:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 4:41:16 PM EDT by crazyhorse705]
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Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:18:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 4:31:34 PM EDT by Hellhound]
We had to put our best friend to sleep back in October and I am still trying to figure out why we live longer than they do......it doesn't seem fair.

The kid is right.

"I wish I could be half the person my dog thinks I am...."

ETA: Thanks for sharing that, it helps.

ETA, pt. II: Need to get another Amber Bock.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:24:41 PM EDT
damn allergies
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:39:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HunterHR:
Very dusty in here today. And I need to go hug my dog.



You should.. I do more times a day than I can count.

Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:42:01 PM EDT
Out of the mouths of babes
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