Monday, June 05, 2006

Get your Kleenex ready...

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 much 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.


At 1:25 PM, Blogger Southern Fried Girl said...


I am a sucker for the doggies and kitties. I can watch a person get murdered in a movie and be like "Hmmm, good call" but if they like slap a dog on the nose, I am in a rage. LOL

What is the realty company that has the house down the street? I am examining all avenues. You can email me at if you like.

Grassy ass.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger FutureFoodTVStar said...

I am now crying. That is so sweet, and so very true.

I have always said that the love of a dog is the only example of the true agape unconditional love that God intended for us to know.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Wow. That was beautiful.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

I'm going to go vomit again now... :)

What's with the sappy tear jerking story? You're not pregnant again are you? :)

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Andrews said you need to come visit it already too late? Hehehehe...

Oh Jesus...SFG living in your neighborhood. Your parties will never be the same. :-)

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Nicole said...

Hmm Carrie...

It seems to me that you are A. In a really bad mood
B. Vomiting and
C. Being very sarcastic over a beautiful heartfelt story.

And you ask me if I am the one who is pregnant??? ;)

Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmm :)


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