Thursday, October 22, 2009
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.''
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.
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.
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.
1. If you were to start a meme (or a second or third), what would you call it and what day would you pick?
Welcome to the October 22nd version of Thursday Thunks!
(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by
Kimber, the number 70, and the color mellow.
Sunday Sarcasm... and I'd have it on Sunday to compete with Bud.
2. When a celebrity endorses a product, do you really believe they like it/use it?
Probably not. But I really don't care if they do or not.
3. Why don't zombies ever just eat each other?
4. If you were an elephant, would you rather roam free or be in a zoo?
I don't wanna be an elephant. I don't wanna be a chicken. I don't wanna be a duck so I shake my butt.
5. The doorbell rings on October 31st, do you answer it?
6. If you see a piece of paper on the ground while out & about, do you pick it up? If so, do you look to see what it is?
Not unless it's green.
7. If Jon Gosselin and Octomom got married and then their own reality show, do you think she would try to get pregnant again for better ratings?
LOL I bet she would!
8. If Thursday Thunks was to be put on hold or quit completely, would you be sad?OMG! Fine... I'll come back. Geez you are a whiner. I don't like the thought of having people after me - it scares me. I'll do next weeks and it will be lame. But I'll do it. I'll do next weeks - but I'm warning you - it's gonna be Halloween themed.... in a Thunks fashion, of course.
I take that back... I'll come back if Kimber promises to return my fricken phone call this week.