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A dog's purpose

Hello everyone,

I haven't had a chance to post here been very busy. Just wanted to share this email that I'd received from my cousin.

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, Ron, his wife Lisa, and
> 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
> 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
> -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The
> Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so
> don't 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 wag your entire body.
> Delight in the simple joy of a long 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.
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beautiful, denise!

I think if humans lived by those rules, as well - i think the world would be a much better place!

A lot of dry patches of grass - but a much better place, nonetheless!
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Very very sweet. A two Kleenex read for sure. I've always believed our little dogs pack more into their short lives than we humans do in our "long" lives. We could learn alot from them. They truly are our best friends
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That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy x3 !!

Lily, Lexi ,Logan, Laila & Lizzie's Mom
(Gigi, Lucas, Dugan, Madeline,Reo,Alvin, Lucky, Lukey, Punch, Colby & Ben-(we will always Love you!!)
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