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Warm a Fuzzy

September 28th, 2004, 10:02 AM
Got this in my email today. Wish that everyone felt the same.

Short Life

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 Shane
could 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, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life
-- like loving everybody and being nice." The four-year-old continued,
"Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay
as long."

September 28th, 2004, 10:45 AM
That is the smartest kid! It's so true, and comforting to think of it that way. :o

September 28th, 2004, 11:08 AM
Warm fuzzy feeling after reading that. :)

September 28th, 2004, 11:22 AM
Leave it to a child to see life as it should be... with innocence and truth.

Very lovely story.

September 28th, 2004, 11:36 AM
Hey...I've read that's from Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul :)

Thanks for posting that! *warm fuzzies*