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This is a must-read before the weekend!

SARAH
February 1st, 2008, 07:31 AM
A Dog's Purpose!

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Becker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Becker . I examined Becker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Becker 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 Becker'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, Becker 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 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.
Be always grateful for each new day.


ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

crazydays
February 1st, 2008, 10:02 AM
Sarah-thanks for that! It never seems to amaze me the way children process information and can make the most sense at the most amazing times!! Good on that family to respect the dying process allowing the children to take part in it. I worked with children who had cancer for years at the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. These little humans are resilient and have deep level understanding.

kiara
February 1st, 2008, 02:35 PM
I agree about euthanasia taking place at home and young children being there, able to see the other part of life and being able to say goodbye to their beloved pets. It gives them a better sense of reality. What an intelligent little boy. Thanks for sharing.