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Vikingdad 04-07-2012 12:49 AM

Dogs. And Life
I am not the author of this, it came in an email on the internet.


The purpose of a dog!Donít miss the text at the bottom.

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 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. It has changed the way I try and live.

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.''

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.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama
and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who
make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love
the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones
who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down
is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...

Have a great life.

readygirl 04-07-2012 01:00 AM

Thank You for sharing that with us.

DodgerBlue 04-07-2012 01:12 AM

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. Josh Billings

aztman 04-07-2012 01:30 AM

I will give you a dog story. my dog a ten year old boxer disappeared on a friday night and I was pissed. I had recently relocated to downtown phoenix so I figured he was gone. eight days later he showed up at the front door. wow what a suprise he was healthy but had lost about 15 pounds. he looked like a bull elk after the rut!

FatTire 04-07-2012 04:28 AM

If you want to see who loves you
More, lock your dog and your wife in the trunk, open in an hour, and see which one is happy to see you:)

PlaysWithZombies 04-07-2012 04:32 AM


Originally Posted by FatTire
If you want to see who loves you
More, lock your dog and your wife in the trunk, open in an hour, and see which one is happy to see you:)

+100 dam straight, i wouldn't suggest trying it in real life though :eek: ;)

vincent 04-07-2012 02:18 PM

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Great post Vikingdad!!

DodgerBlue 04-07-2012 03:20 PM

Nice pic Vincent! Thanks dude

Axxe55 04-07-2012 04:04 PM

awesome post there Vikingdad! too bad people don't take more inspiration and direction from dogs. dogs don't have ulterior motives. dogs accept you even when you haven't shaved or dressed up. dogs aren't materialistic. they don't care how much money you earn. they won't ever stab you in the back. dogs are totally loyal. yeah, people could learn a lot from a dog.

fmj 04-07-2012 04:50 PM

Always remember DOG spelled backwards is GOD!!

Had to do a "random act of kindness" for one of my classes. I chose to volunteer at a dog pound...just more reaffirmation as to why i prefer the company of the lowliest cur to that of a human of highest standing.

We are a disgusting filthy species to do the things we do to dogs!

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