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A dog's Purpose Email was a good one

January 28th 2008 5:00 pm
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My mom got this email and it was pretty cool so we thought I would add it to my page -

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


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


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


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

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire

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.



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