Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Another "awwww" story for the day -

A Dog's Purpose, from a 4-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 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."



I don't know where this story comes from.   It was a forward but it works for me.

I have been sitting working on "the book."  It is a fun place, the refining part,  at least for this section and I am enjoying it, and I am thinking about living like a dog.  I guess "a dog's life" really is the way to go.   Bella raises her head, and says,  "What about me?"  She and Tiger have it figured out too.   Here is to joy and learning from animals.

I am reading a book - big surprise - Modoc by Ralph Helfer.  It is a story about a boy and an elephant.   Read it and  breathe!!
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