Monday, June 21, 2010
If you took an animal in to care for and love, it is a lifetime commitment. We are not throw aways. We breath and and cry and feel pain and have emotions and we do weep...just not the way you do.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
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.''
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.
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.
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.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
I have observed that when you humans are praying you get a kind of peaceful face and your energy is different when you stop.
I can feel this God that I have heard of is all around you and you seem so much happier and have hope and stuff.
I am happiest when my lady is happy. I am saddest when she is sad.
It sure is peaceful around here. I can't remember when there was any drama around here. This is a good thing because my lady says it is us who creates it and it is us who can get rid of it.
I don't create any drama as there is no reason to do so. I like it calm and peaceful because I get more attention from all the ladies around here when they are happy. It all filters down you know.
I understand that there are some little kids who love my blog. Especially the daughter of one of the ladies who come to class so I wanted to say hello to her. I am glad you enjoy this. I know that you have a sister. Be nice to one another as you never know what could happen in this crazy world and you sure would miss her if she were not around.
The adults have a lot of trouble being nice to each other so teach them by example. You will be a mom someday and you will be far ahead of the game of life if you learn to treat your sister as your best friend.
Well, That is all I have to say today. I think I will go take a nap...one of life's greatest treasures.