Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A Dogs's Purpose
A Dogs's Purpose
(from the viewpoint of a 6-year-old)
The following story have been told by a vet and I would like to share it with all of you.
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 the six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might leasrn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat at Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood was was going on.Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty of confusion.We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listeniung quietly, piped up. "I know why."
Startlerd, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heared a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so that they can learnb how to live a good live - 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."