April 3rd 2013 9:29 pm
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Growlmy got this touching, tissue grabbing note in her inbox, today:
Not sure of the source, though...nevfurtheless, it is well worth the read:
Here it is:
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 as they felt that 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."
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;
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;
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.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good, so, love the people who treat you right.
Think good thoughts for the ones who don't ~ life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is part of LIFE...
Getting back up is LIVING...
DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD…
MANY PEOPLE AND FURS DO NOT GET THE PRIVILEGE.
One just can't read this with dry face windows...
And I am 10, just like Belker...but soon I will be 11, OMD! I AM getting old, BOL! But I still run like the wind...I just take longer naps to recharge the bstteries, BOL!
I are dat same age too Freckles. I don't feel no older though, at least not most the time.
love that story!! Im 14, and I still run around like a nut sometimes!!!
That's just a wonderfur story. I am only six but I understand. I still do zoomies almost daily or rather nightly, BOL.
Mom has read this story often and it still brings tears to her eyes. Thank you for sharing.
Mommy is always calling us her teachers! She hopes we stay long enough fur her to learn something!
Aw...luv this! Thanks fur sharin', MrJack!
I am 12 years old! OMD! Mom read this and Tears fell down her face...We should never take for granted what we have been blessed with! Live each moment to the fullest! That is what us Dogs do! We are happy all the time and so glad to see you, and have the comfort that us Humans are there for them too. Give your pet a Great Big Hug Today, and show them how much you Love them, and are grateful for each and everyone of them. I know my
Mamma is! What a Beautiful Message you received, Mr. Jack Freckles! Sniff, Sniff too! XOXO
Copper, The Kirk Furs, Molly Mae(Forever In Our Hearts)Otis and Squeezix
I am always dancing - enjoying all the fun time I have!
Thanks for the nice story and the thoughts that are with it.
Sorry, hit the wrong key!
Thanks, all of you for taking the time to read this diary.
Mostly I write silly or funny stuff, but sometimes its good to be serious for a change...
Hugs and puppy kisses to you all ♥
OMD, Momma are tired and working too hard and stressed from her 3 times a year sales meeting cwap and now sobbing. Time to send her off to bed like we get sent off to every night.
I hope you pups and your Momma slept well.