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I received this in an email from a friend and thought I would share:

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-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 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 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 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


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.

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



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