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Old 01-02-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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Smile A DOG'* PURPOSE__long read but good!

The email had really cute puppy photos but I couldn't find a way to post them here...

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Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.

The dog'* 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 ill and dying. 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'* 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'* transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker'* 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."

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 what 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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That was nice Todd. I enjoyed that alot.
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dang kind of makes alot of sense. and man, having to put down your dog after 10-15 yrs is one of the worse things ever. had to do that to our german shepard who i lived my whole life with until he couldnt really live on his own so we had to put him down. really sucked
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Great thread Todd, but I have a problem with this one.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

Sometimes, ya just got to bite.
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That'* awesome Todd! I got that in my email a week or so ago and had the pictures you mentioned. It was pretty good!
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Pretty good story! It'* very hard to put a pet down! We've had to do that a few times but it dosen't get any easier.
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I read this to myself and had no problem getting through it. I tried reading it aloud to my wife and couldn't get through it.

Great story Todd
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I agree and if you saw the puppy photos that went with it..........yep
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You and Purple can keep those pics to yourself.
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