Great lessons to learn from man’s (and woman’s) best friend…

Look at that face!

I’m not one of those people who share chain “forwarded” messages. And for those of you who do, I’m not dissing you one bit… most of the messages are quite entertaining & enjoyable. The simple fact is this – I’m not about to bombard someone else’s inbox with these emails if I can barely keep on top of them myself.

However, I made the time to read one recently … I guess it was the title that caught my attention, “A Dog’s Purpose.”  It’s impact was greater than one would have initially thought it could be.

Here’s the email forward – I’m not sure of the original author, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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

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

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.

After reading it, I now find myself reflecting on my attitude and communications with others every time my pup greets me at the door when I get at home. Her excitement and wagging tail is enough to make me smile no matter how bad of a day I’ve had. All in all, I guess it really just got me thinking … and hope it gets you thinking too – when was the last time you made someone smile?

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One thought on “Great lessons to learn from man’s (and woman’s) best friend…

  1. Ann Knuth says:

    Jenny, I like the “dog’s purpose” story. I guess we can learn lessons about the quality of life we should strive for from out pets. Have a great day 🙂 – you made me smile!

    Love, Ann

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