A friend sent me this lovely heart-warming and thought provoking article. It brought a smile to my face, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :-)

I delved way back into my archives to find the accompanying photo, which also has a story of its own.  I shall leave that for another time though…


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.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…

…taken from the Irish Wolfhound International magazine…

12 Comments CherryPie on Mar 13th 2012

12 Responses to “A Dog’s Purpose…”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    Wow!!! you nailed this one down Cherie… our Buddy is twelve now and has a limp from arthritis… but he still does all of the things mentioned in your story…. thanks for sharing this today….peter:)

  2. Ginnie says:

    Absolutely wonderful, Cherry…especially with the image you found to accompany the text!

  3. Just simply beautiful!

  4. marilyn ritter says:

    This is a very meaningful story. Thank you for publishing it.

  5. So touching!
    Do you think Shane is a Buddhist? ;)

    Your Irish wolfhound looks kinda German.

    • CherryPie says:

      I think Shane understands how it all works ;-)

      The dog is a German representation. ;-) I was quite impressed I had an even near suitable photo back in my archives to represent these words…

      People and animals rarely feature in my photgraphs ;-)

  6. james higham says:

    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.

    It sure is a dog’s life.