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For all us dog lovers a great wonderful read

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by striper, Nov 6, 2009.

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  1. striper

    striper Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    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. It has changed the way I try and live.

    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.

    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. Chugiakshooter

    Chugiakshooter Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    If there is no dogs in heaven I don't want to go there.
  3. sdhunter

    sdhunter TS Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    Words to live by.

  4. mx2005

    mx2005 TS Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Striper Do tell a little boy can teach us adults something only if us adults take a little time like you did to open an ear and listen. Amazing very nice thanks for sharing.
  5. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Near but not in chicago
    Thanks for sharing that! dogs rule and Humans drool
  6. JB Logan Co. Ohio

    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    More heartfelt words have never been said.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
  7. AJKohler

    AJKohler Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    When I die, I'm going to Rainbow Bridge. That's where my partner will be looking for me, and I've got a lot of friends there already whom I want to see again.

    And if it doesn't really exist, they can damn well make it seem like it does for me.

  8. Uncle Sam

    Uncle Sam Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    I just love dogs............Uncle Sam, Pa.
  9. Dahaub

    Dahaub Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. Dan
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