Why dogs do not live longer than people.  

CrazyRightNow99 48M
62 posts
2/7/2006 7:54 am

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Why dogs do not live longer than people.

My mother sent this story to me today and it hit close to home being the owner of a tey year old golden retriver an all.Hope you like it.

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 there were no miracles left 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 the four-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 had never heard a more comforting explanation.

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 four-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.

Now do you have a tear in your eye?

rm_cjcj9 41F
188 posts
2/9/2006 5:52 pm

That was very sweet!

CrazyRightNow99 48M
34 posts
2/10/2006 11:51 am

cici -- Thank you, I'm glad someone else thinks so

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
2/18/2006 2:22 am

~ smilez ~

~ nodz ~

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