A Dog’s Purpose

by Rebecca on September 29, 2010

in Animal Pictures,Animal Stories

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 factthat 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.’

 irish-wolfhound-0002.jpg irish wolfhound image by mickeysangeleyes


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