A dog's purpose

  1. This is something a friend from a beagle board I'm in posted today. It's just wonderful...hope you guys like it.

    Just a cute thing off the internet...

    A Dog's Purpose, from a 4-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 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."

    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest
    to God.

    More wonders:

    If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff 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.
  2. SO true. :heart:
  3. damn it all I have is a cat!

    haha just kidding! That story is really cute and it makes me want a dog :nuts:
  4. Awww ... I am all misty-eyed now! I love my dog!:heart:
  5. How true...that story gave me goosebumps! Dogs are just the best!! Thanks for posting that bravorodrig!!
  6. That really means a lot!! After having a dog companion for all my childhood I will be adding a new pup to my own family shortly. Now, I really can't wait!
  7. That is soo sweet.....and so true.

    Bravodrig: I get chills whenever I read one of your posts. My last two doggies were both adopted beagles (we had both at once; they were buddies) and I miss them so much. Beagles rock!
  8. such a sweet story!! thanks for posting!
  9. Thank you.:heart:
  10. Thank you for that story. I got all misty eyed when reading it.
  11. So very true - thank you:smile:
  12. Aw - thank you for posting.
  13. aww what a sweet story. I love my dog!:heart:
  14. That is so very true. Thank you for posting :heart:
  15. Bravorodrig, your beagles are lovely! I have two of them myself, here is a silly photo of them that just cracks me up:

    And another cute one:

    May I ask what the beagle board you go to is?

    I have another doggie thing to share...

    If You Can...

    • If you can start the day without caffeine,
    • If you can get going without pep pills,
    • If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
    • If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
    • If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
    • If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you anytime,
    • If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
    • If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
    • If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,
    • If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
    • If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
    • If you can conquer tension without medical help,
    • If you can relax without liquor,
    • If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
    • If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
    Then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.