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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.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

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.

Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing you have.


That's what dogs teach us. :iconbigheartplz:

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monkfishlover Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a smart kid. I wish I would have thought of that when my first doggy had to be put down. She had cancer too... :cries:
mombeam Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I agree, this was a very old soul for a young boy and way smarter than we adults are at times. My cat too had cancer, and I wish I had the foresight to think like he did :hug:
Catgel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Sweetie i just see this news on my friends faves & it is amazing,i had a doggy " rizzy woo" & she had diabetes i had to inject her twice a day & my other doggie"Lucy locket" [link] she had a bad heart they both had good lifes. But lucy gave up & collapsed & i had to have her put to sleep & after that my rizzy gave up she couldn't cope without her but i know in my heart i loved them i walked them twice a day they were my old dames.........thanks for this news amongst all the bullshit & hardness of every day life this was a pleasure to read thank you x :cweeks:
mombeam Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Aw thank you darling - and I'm so sorry about the loss of your precious dogs. I know how hard it can be but what great memories we have of them. This was an awesome story I found, that truly moved me too. And you are right - it was a pleasure to read.
Jblask Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's sad and cute. No wonder I prefer dogs over other pets.

What a clever child. It's amazing they see the things we miss.
Meganarr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
:'( touchy
unknown-artwork Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
touchful. :hug:
margstergirl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
That's really sad about Belker, but WOW that quote is deep!
R-T28 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
what an amazing answer ...
CloudyMayDay Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.... XD i have never looked at it like that... rest peacefully Belker.
Blackwerewolf34456 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Boy did that make me cry.
That was wonderful~ :hug:
Shinryuu-Uroborus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heroic-moose Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
this is so sweet...:heart:
analea56797 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
this brought tears to my eyes as i was reading...
CatTheNinja Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Student General Artist
This was so sweet that it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing the story and the wonderful pictures!
SparkyRaichu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
wow... oddly enough, i just had to put my 8 year old german shepherd down because of cancer last monday. we all were very attatched to him... it seemed like i was the only one in the entire family that really understood what is being said here, i was the only one not bawling my eyes out despite the agonizing pain searing inside. wonderful article <3 this makes me feel so much better
Foloit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Wait, a SIX year old? wow....
Pixie-Dust101 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
OMG i want a puppie! love this list <3
RaineeLuv Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
That child sounds like an old soul <3
wyrmlover Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
That...That's so sweet I almost cried. :' ) Thanks for uploading!
MiniChibiMaru Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
<333 Ah~ ;W;
SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Amazing, what can come out of a little one's mouth. T_T
Fenris86 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Wow, that just brought a tear to my eye.
Rika101 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
poor doggie
who knew a six year old would say something like that. that makes so much sense to me
PiKaLiN Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
what a wise kid :)
QueenThreeBee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Beautiful article....even though adults are older, I think we can all learn from a child once in a while. My 3 girls are my best critics. We have also just bought them a staffy pup.:heart:
atlantart Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
That is a truly wonderful article in every way. It's very true. Dogs do teach us all that. Your story about the little boy and Belker warms my heart because of its truth. Long live dogs!
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Lovely article.
TW-Photo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
What a wonderful article. :)
Sexyfied Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
:glomp: :hug: :cling:
Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww... That's so sweet, and completely true! XD Thanks for sharing! :dance: :hug:
Leo-x-Aeris Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008   Traditional Artist
That is one smart six-year old. I would have never came up with that answer, or anything close to it.
Ala-Rai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Children can always be so wise at times and can remind us of what we may often overlook. This is such a wonderful story and article. Thank you for sharing.
MelansGirl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Omg this...I'm floored...seriously floored here [good way]
Johnnie03 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Awwww that story is sooo is sooo sad but true and little kids are smart like that and it is amazing how much they really do know that you don't think that they know...I think ths story is really true and if we actually did look at how dogs lived this is very true...
Vile-J Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Man that was sweet. :iconbigheartplz:
campervan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
oh, this is beautiful-

My cat recently had to be put down-
but just those words cheered me up a bit.

Thankyou for sharing

Basmatic Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Student
the brilliance of a child's mind
diamondsTwinkle18 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008   Photographer
:heart: :)
roxanneross Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
Trickster4eva Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Damn... Why do I have tears in my eyes? :iconshakefist:

It's too beautiful.

I think I will go hug my dog now..
Yokufo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I fully agree
Carija Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I must confess that I had tears in my eyes. It fitted so well, that while I'm reading this, my already pretty old dog is lying next to sleeping after we delivered newspapers. On the walk she tried to snatch my glove off my hand ( frist a little tug and than the big pull :D) This article reminded me so much , why I love her so much :)
chezza777 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
My dog was 10years old when he died and he also had cancer too, thank you for this article it made me remember the joy i shared with him :)

Such beautiful words from Shane :)
mikegoulty Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Made my day :)
RJ-Pilot Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Heh, sometimes the wisest advice comes from the most unexpected places...
haffifit Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
awwww...... that's so true...

<it even made me wish i'd be a dog someday...LoL>
maikoneko Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my
i nearly cried
:hug: group hug!
SarahJPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
I'm about to cry.
msiota Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008   Photographer
I remember finding this in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, and I'm glad it's made so many other people happy also.
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