A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6 year old)

Good M

orning Everyone

I can’t take credit for this one. I saw it on someone’s facebook status and decide to share it with the rest of you.

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 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.

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As we made arrangements, the parents told me they thought it would be good for their six-year-old to observe the procedure. They felt he 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 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 se
emed 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,
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 ecstacy.
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 in the grass.
On hot days, drink love 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.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If you want what lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Enough said;
Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do Ltd.

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