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Post by Guest on Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:34 am

> >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 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.
> >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.
> >ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
> >That's what dogs teach us...
> >
> >
> > The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will
> > not protect you.

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