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    Senior Member Brad Slaybaugh's Avatar
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    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.
    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.
    Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing you have.
    That's what dogs teach us...
    We have not to gain his confidence or his friendship; he is born our friend; while his eyes are still closed, already he believes in us, even before his birth....
    -Maurice Maeterlinck

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    ain't that the truth great story.

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