Monday, March 24, 2008

For Dog Lovers

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
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 long."


stephenfredmond MSN said...

A very nice and touching story. Steve

theomer MSN said...

Good one, Bill!   When I first read it, the Gospel phrase "out of the mouth of babes" (Matt.21:16, KJV) came to mind, followed by these previous passages:             At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,           because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and           revealed them to little children.                                                                                 รข€”Matt. 11:25, 26 (NIV)   Jack

lynnmac5 MSN said...

Thanks so much for that, second Avenue,,,,,,,I always felt the same about my "boys". I always said they lived life to the fullest  in a short period of time and brought so much love to our lives!     Lynn