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Sad but so tender and sweet. I received this this morning and wanted to share it with you. Sweets may have posted a part of it with her darling doggy pictures, and if so, I apologize. I guess it never hurts us to read tender things over and over.

"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 loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they dont' 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 way your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a walk.
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.
Enjoy every moment of every day.


  1. sprinks's Avatar
    And another thing I'd learn from my dog: Growl at the milkman . She does it playfully when he stirs her up when he whistles at her . But really, that was very cute and sweet! Thank you for sharing, it made me smile and I shall certainly remember it, it's very true
  2. Sweets America's Avatar
    Hey! I have already seen this, but it was not in my bloggy! It was either in Kiz's blog (the sweetness of it sounds like a Kizzo-story, doesn't it? ), or perhaps it was Jer who sent it to me via email cause he oftens sends me emails about doggies. Anyway, sweet story!
  3. ampoule's Avatar
    That's right, I think it was Kiz. I loved it then too.
  4. pussnboots's Avatar
    as I read this story my 4 legged best friend is lying down on her side and sleeping with her front paws crossed - ever the lady !!