cynth (cynthtastic) wrote,
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A forward I got

I don't like sending these things out, but if you feel like reading it,

> > A four-year-old child's wisdom. Why dogs do not live as long as
> > people...
> >
> >
> >
> > 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'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
> > four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so
> > they don't have to stay as long."
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