A Dog's Purpose :)

  1. Thought this was too cute not too share.

    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
    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

    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."

    Remember this - if a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff 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.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   nightmare
    That is sooooo cute!
  4. by   ginger58
    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing that.
  5. by   nursemary9
    That's beautiful!!

    How true it is too!!
  6. by   jmgrn65
    Beautiful! it brought tears to my eyes.
  7. by   DutchgirlRN
    Only out of the mouths of babes. Of course having 7 dogs no one has to convince me how wonderful and loyal dogs are.
  8. by   jnette
    Precious and worth saving.

    Thanx, Sabby.

    Ya went and "done it again!" :kiss