Found this little story on the internet and thought it was cute. Enjoy!
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 had 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."
out of the mouth of babes, so true! What a great story, sent shivers down my spine. When we put our Anatolian to sleep (aged 16) we where worried how oour 8 yr old daughter would cope as she had lost her auntie suddenly (at 30 yrs old) a few months previous. But she was great about itand thought it was nice that Auntie Jo now had Carin to play with.
What a lovely story, I think I've heard it before a long time ago but it was still nice to remember it again,and how very true it is too.
Hi Harveysmom, I see you're from the UK, so am I, there are only a few of us so welcome to the board
"some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree!"
Kate mom to Jed Jasmine and Joelly
I've read that before, and love that story! Makes me smile.
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
Lola, our mellow yellow gal. Gotcha on 1-7-07
Aww such a great story.