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Lessons from your Dog

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

I came across this just a few minutes ago. I've never read it before but today it touched my soul, so I want to share it here.

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. 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.
By: Karen McNeill

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ALIDOSHA 10/27/2012 3:28PM

    Priceless lessons indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/1/2012 9:23PM

    Great story! The little boy was very wise beyond his years. Great lessons from the dog!

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MOTLEM 6/19/2012 12:14AM

    Lovely blog. Thanks Ellenprince for sending me the address so I could read it.
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WILSON425 6/18/2012 10:41AM


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SENATOR9 6/18/2012 10:06AM

    Great blog

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SHREKWARD 6/18/2012 6:23AM


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FUTUREHOPE49 6/18/2012 5:34AM

    Awesome blog! Thank you! It brought tears to my eyes as I remembered all my dogs and how much they showed their love. What an intelligent child Shaun is!
"Out of the mouths of children" LOL!
I will keep your blog safe and strive to do all that is required!
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IMIN2GENES 6/2/2012 3:11PM

    Thanks for sharing! A wonderful message indeed.

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MSPRIS3 5/30/2012 4:38PM

    Beautiful story.

Owning a pet will always have a sad ending, but the time with them in our hearts makes it all worth while.

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REMEMBER2BME 5/30/2012 3:00PM

    This is the first blog I have read in quite some time as I have been away. This is priceless. thank you!!!

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SERENAJL 5/30/2012 1:55PM

    Made tears come to my eyes. Thanks!

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DANA48131 5/30/2012 1:42PM

    Been having a rough day thinking about the dog I lost in October (he was 14.5 years old)... this helped. Thank you!

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JESSICAMAE83 5/30/2012 12:46PM

    Thank you for sharing this!!!

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PRAYINGSUZIE 5/30/2012 10:03AM

    Thank you

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SHOAPIE 5/30/2012 9:42AM

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LAURIE-RN 5/30/2012 8:26AM

    This is a wonderful message. Thank you for the reminder.


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SUNSHINEGB 5/30/2012 7:43AM

    I love this, thank you Mary!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 5/30/2012 7:17AM


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    Beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes.

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RAINBOWMF 5/30/2012 12:23AM

    We are never too old to learn from children.

Hugging my fur baby.

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    i'm hugging my westies kirby and la la la now !!!! i love how they teach me everyday !!! emoticon

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KIPPER15 5/29/2012 9:40PM

    My dogs help keep me honest. They love unconditionally. Our dogs are our kids. emoticon

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PIXIECHIC1 5/29/2012 7:58PM

  my dog passed away from cancer about three weeks ago. We miss her dearly. In memory of Daisey, our golden retriever who left too soon, because she knew all the lessons and never met anyone she didn't love.

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GAEA3070 5/29/2012 5:26PM

    I love my dog! Thanks for the great message.

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    great post....

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TLCFME 5/29/2012 4:27PM

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MS_DOLLY 5/29/2012 2:30PM

    What a wonderful reminder of how our time is best spent!

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JEANNETTE59 5/29/2012 1:53PM

  From the mouths of babes. Thank you so much for sharing.

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ANNFONTANELLA 5/29/2012 1:39PM

    What a kid....!

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ILAURIA 5/29/2012 1:16PM


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DESERTJULZ 5/29/2012 12:55PM

    May I always be the person my dogs think I am.

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VK2ZT14 5/29/2012 12:48PM

    I always love reading this. i could read it every day an NEVER get tired of it's message. thank you.

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THEIS58 5/29/2012 12:36PM

    love this

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PHXJAZZ 5/29/2012 12:30PM

    Love this - how true. emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 5/29/2012 12:13PM

    Very sweet thanks for sharing!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 5/29/2012 12:03PM

    As a mommy to three very sweet pooches, I really loved this!! What a great kid!

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LRSILVER 5/29/2012 9:21AM

    So true.

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HEALTHY4ME 5/29/2012 8:53AM

    OH I had tears reading this and what an astute little boy. He will make a great man when he gets older. And a must read for any dog lover.

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LINDAKAY228 5/29/2012 8:40AM

    Dogs can teach us so much if we'll just listen! Simply enjoy life and don't worry so much. Enjoy the daily little things.

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MONAKIN314 5/29/2012 8:06AM

    So true!

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MSTAPLE1 5/29/2012 8:02AM

  Awesome!! Great blog!

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REGILIEH 5/29/2012 7:50AM


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JLEMUS1 5/29/2012 7:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I loved my dog too..thank you so much for this.

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CAROLZ1967 5/29/2012 7:13AM

    This is wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes! Dogs are so special and we really can learn a lot from them. Thanks so much for sharing!

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BLUEJEAN99 5/29/2012 1:59AM

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 5/28/2012 10:59PM

    What an observant child! I definitely believe we can learn much from animals.
I have a cat and am often amazed at what he teaches me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/28/2012 10:49PM

    Ok that made me cry!!!! So sweet because it is true!!

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JAMER123 5/28/2012 9:59PM

    I have read this a couple times and it is a good story. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 5/28/2012 9:17PM

    That is great! very powerful, thank you :-)

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PRAIRIEGAL5 5/28/2012 8:41PM

  this is a beautiful story adnfromtehmouthsofbabes!!! yes We getcalled home if Our heaveny Father adnspare us ourpets a bad spotin ourfuture lives.sooo trust Him in all oflur earthly paths. children forsoemrason peoplewntder whywell salmeraldson theyareto good for earthly life so God ismerciful adsoakes tehm home . we ust rustadnobey adn bekind toour pets.ivehaddogs ats mostlofylife mostlydogs stll have familyofdogs now inmy 8th decadeoflife. God bless allpet adnanimal lovers! adnalso ones who belivein our HeavenlyFAther. Havea good life!

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