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A good read
Dog's Purpose (according to 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, Ron, his wife, Linda, and their little boy, Shane,
were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a
I examined Belker and found he was dying. I told the family
we couldn't do anything for Belker and offered to perform
the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their hom e.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Linda 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
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
Remember, if a dog were your teacher, you would learn
things like: When loved ones come home, always run to greet
Never pass up th e opportunity to go for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your
face to be pure ecstasy.
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
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
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by.
All will be well.
I am what I am by the grace of God