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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:
TURNINGTABLES21 5/28/2012 8:27PM

  We had our beloved Muddy put down several days ago. He, too, had cancer - bone cancer to be specific. We stayed with him at the end and buried him in a beautiful spot on our property.

It's important to remember that dogs - all animals for that matter - can teach us many, many things.

Thanks for posting this.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 5/28/2012 7:45PM

    This is very touching. Thank you.

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HEARTS116 5/28/2012 6:40PM

    Love this!

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AMANDA_C 5/28/2012 6:29PM

    Absolutely perfect!

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JEANNINEMM68 5/28/2012 2:51PM

    Out of the mouths of babes. Such a touching story.

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MARIES32 5/28/2012 2:21PM

    Our dog is eleven years old - still healthy but really slowing down. Thank you for reminding me that families everywhere have to face saying goodbye to pets. When the time comes, we will make it through, too.

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TEXASTITCHER 5/28/2012 1:32PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I miss my dogs all the time.

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JUDYAASH 5/28/2012 12:49PM

    Wonderful blog! We all need to stop and think about these things more often.

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MOMMY445 5/28/2012 12:40PM

    what a wonderful blog! thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/28/2012 12:40PM

    Thanks for sharing. Very touching.

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CLAYARTIST 5/28/2012 12:26PM


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SMOULINIER 5/28/2012 12:22PM

  Out of the mouths of babes! I have had the pleasure of having pets throughout my life and when they are gone, it hurts my heart for awhile but then I selectively remember all the good times we shared. Sometimes wisdom does NOT necessarily come from AGE. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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CONNIEANGEL23 5/28/2012 11:58AM

    That was the sweetest thing I've read in a long time. I have a cat and feel the same way about him. We had to put his sister down last October and I still hurt from missing her. Thanks! emoticon

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LAINYC 5/28/2012 11:42AM


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BAKERBARBARA 5/28/2012 11:23AM

    This morning I was thinking about my sweet dog, Rebel. He would have been 14 next month. It was so nice to then find your blog today!! It made me realize that it was the right decision to have him put down...he wasn't able to run and play, dance around, or even take a long walk. That we had to think about his quality of life and not ours. He was the most loyal, sweetest friend I've ever had!

Thank you!!

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KNEWMETODAY 5/28/2012 11:16AM

    Lessons come from many sources...if we learn, they're good!

Kathy emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/28/2012 11:09AM

    I've seen this before but haven't thought about it in a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

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SERASARA 5/28/2012 10:56AM


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BERI03 5/28/2012 9:31AM

    Thank you for sharing! Dogs are the best!

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DJSHIP46 5/28/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you!

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JANEMARIE77 5/28/2012 8:29AM

    The picture and the thought will help me become more like I was meant to be
Thank you

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JERZEYFRESH 5/28/2012 8:27AM

    I guess we could all learn lessons from our dogs. What a lovely read first thing this morning.

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DAISYBELL6 5/28/2012 8:00AM

    How beautiful and how true.

I had been afraid of dogs until I was in my 50's and my DH convinced me to get a golden retriever pup. He brought such joy and love into my life that he changed me. I am more complete and more fulfilled than I had ever been . How thankful I am that I agreed to get that loving golden I can never express. Opening my heart to him was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

I have always had cats and loved them dearly, but dogs are a special blessing.

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NCSUE0514 5/28/2012 7:52AM

    That was great - thanks for sharing!

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JSLATE2K 5/28/2012 7:43AM

    I definitely got a lump in my throat reading this. At 49, I've put my share of pets down at the end of their lives, and though it's never easy, I ask myself if I'd want it the other way around. Of course, I'd never want to see my pet hurt, so it's better they go before me, no matter how much it hurts. And yet, I keep adopting new dogs, eventually, after one passes for exactly the reasons you list here. There's nothing like the love and enthusiasm of a dog!

Thanks for that great post!


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JIBBIE49 5/28/2012 6:32AM

    emoticon How wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor!! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 5/28/2012 6:13AM

  Thank you for this. Great picture - just like my old wolfhound. emoticon

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NANA2ANGELS 5/28/2012 5:08AM

    Love the story, thanks for sharing emoticon

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MAMAWALMART 5/28/2012 3:56AM

    That was lovely. Being a dog owner, it gives me a whole new look at what my fur babies are teaching me everyday.

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MISSY455 5/28/2012 12:47AM

    Thank you for sharing. I had read the latter part before, but never the explanation. A great reminder to be the best we can be while we are here.

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PONYFARMER 5/28/2012 12:05AM

    I wish I could be half as sweet and kind as my dog Joy-Joy. She is 18 years old, blind and nearly deaf. She has arthritis and yet when anyone comes around she goes towards their voice, wagging her tail, as if they came just to see her. She makes people smile, does not matter what they look like, smell like or anything else. To her they are all friends.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/27/2012 11:42PM

    That was lovely Thank you!

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ANNIE1114 5/27/2012 6:14PM

    What a wise little boy!

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/27/2012 6:01PM

    How precious!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/27/2012 2:19PM

    Out of the mouths of babes.

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CANDOK1260 5/27/2012 1:59PM

    i loss my dogs few months ago and this is very comfroting

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ZELLAZM 5/27/2012 12:36PM

    Sweet reminder - our lives are also short in the big picture, so best to make the most of them and share the love of the Father whenever we can.

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JATHUENER 5/27/2012 11:26AM

    wow very touching story with a interesting ending i am way above 6 and i would not even thought of that answer

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ADVENTURES37 5/27/2012 11:18AM

    This made me tear up! I just lost my dog of 13.5 years in February to cancer.
But I also just got a labradoodle puppy who's my new friend, and this helped to put everything into perspective.

Also, I love the "words" theme on your page and your blog! I have a summer theme, kind of...I'm challenging myself for the summer...from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Stop by my (very new!) page if you get a chance sometime! I'm going to start blogging 3x a week, so hopefully I'll have something interesting to read soon :)

thanks for your post! emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 5/27/2012 11:18AM


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TINAJANE76 5/27/2012 10:51AM

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 5/27/2012 10:42AM


Good Luck reaching Your Goals!!

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