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    Default I really felt I needed to share (Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs)soory long

    Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs

    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

    there were no miracles left 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

    the four-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

    four-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. Leave the

    rest to God...


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    DefaultRe: I really felt I needed to share (Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs)soory long

    That was beautiful



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    DefaultRe: I really felt I needed to share (Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs)soory long

    That was beautiful...it's amazing how a child's mind works.

    Teresa, mom to Brigetta and Prudence

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