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A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6-year-old)

Another gem from the email:

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.

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.