I received this email today from a dear friend and just had to share it with you all. We have a "Staffbrador", (a 1 yr old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Labrador cross) called Linus and he is completely bonkers. He drives me mad, jumps up to steal any food that is left on the table or counter top, occassionally has an accident on the floor and leaves dog hair and chewed up bits all over the floor. We all adore him and he thinks he is a baby, albeit a naughty one. I cried when I read the e-mail and maybe it will help me to remember to just enjoy our puppy and not get cross with him so much.
"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
When loved ones come home, always run to greet
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!