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Thread: 6-Year Old Point of View

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    A Dog's Purpose

    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. 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.''

    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.

    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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    Yep! Kids are definitely smarter than we give 'em credit for most of the time.

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    I just love that...thank you so much for sharing it. I think I needed to hear it :D

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    This should have a "Tissue Alert" attached to it. It's been two years since my Lacey died and I still miss her every day.

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    gotta add

    When someone stops petting you, move on.

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    I like that!!!

    We just lost our Anna on Wednesday.

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    Beautiful and very well said.

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    Thank you for sharing this story, I am going to pass it on..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammaNan
    This should have a "Tissue Alert" attached to it. It's been two years since my Lacey died and I still miss her every day.
    Yup.

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    Out of the mounths of babes!!!!

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    Yep!! Me too
    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena
    Thank you for sharing this story, I am going to pass it on..

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    Such a nice story I really liked it

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    Out of the mouth of bab's, Boy I am going to live a long time I am not a very good all the time. ;)

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    thanks! i needed that!

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    This was very touching.It has a great moral to the story.

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    I love it! Thank you for posting that.

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    Thanks for sharing this touching story.... :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I like that!!!

    We just lost our Anna on Wednesday.
    I'm sorry to hear about Anna. We lost our Dixie to kidney failure at 16, in April. She gave everyone kisses and even the vet got one.
    Our vet said that it would be best to say good bye to our dear friend. As she slipped away everyone in the room felt Dixie's joy at being released from her broken & sick body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I like that!!!

    We just lost our Anna on Wednesday.
    So sorry to hear you Anna has gone to a better place. They leave such a hole in our hearts until we figure out that it's not a hole, just a placeholder for when we see them next.

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