For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

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For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

Post by richmauer » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:31 am

If you read this already, read it again. If you haven't.. I think you'll understand why you put so much effort into keeping your epi-dogs with you.

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.
Precious Peanut in doggie heaven 6/25/10 - 10 years old
English Cocker female 10 y/o "Sundae"
Shiatzu Male 10 y/o "Casey"

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Re: For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

Post by Gentle Jacob's mom » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:21 am

Thank you Rich,
That is one very very smart little boy...


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Re: For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

Post by orangeong2 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:24 pm

a 6 year old can have such mind.
this is such a touching post. even dogs care better than we humans.

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Re: For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

Post by johnyeo90 » Tue May 14, 2019 1:54 am

My friend claims that she was able to talk to the animal. But she don't want to teach us. However, she mainly can read cats mind, not sure for a dog. :P
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Re: For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

Post by JohnAllison » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:26 am

I like dogs such as Basset Hound and Weimaraner. Because this is a hunting breed. My hobby since the age of 14 is hunting. I have a big house outside the city and there are 7 hound dogs there. I take the question about the preparation of equipment very seriously. Therefore, I always buy only the best outfit and accessories such as a rifle scope mounting kit, etc.

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Re: For all dog owners - A Dog's Purpose

Post by ManuelR » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:19 pm

This is so cute and very relatable! I love my dogs forever!

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