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A Dog’s Purpose – Out of the Mouth of Babes

Boy and His Dog

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;
  • 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 gently…

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July 20, 2012 Posted by | animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Little Boy and His Dog

Video:  Little Boy and His Dog

A two year old boy and his dog Toby spend the day together, being friends. It’s an amazing little video that highlights the bond between a boy and his dog.

This is a great a video.  Touches everyone’s heart, especially if you had a dog when you were younger.  But in reality, not all pet and child relationships work out this well.  Each story is different.  Not to be the wet blanket, but in general:

Dogs and Children (the other side of the coin)

Young children and dogs should never be left alone and unattended even for a moment. Young children generally do not have proper dog etiquette and dogs do not understand a child’s behavior. This can result in tragedy with any breed of dog. And many breeds are not recommended for homes with young children. Many breed’s and dog behavior can result in conflicts with small children. Small dogs are generally not good with children because children are too rough, too loud and too fast moving for them. But each dog and child relationship should be considered individually.  Remember the little boy and dog in this video are being supervised.  After all someone is filming…

It is great for a child to grow up with a pet, but always with supervision.  And unless you already have the pet when your child is born, it is better to wait until your child is old enough and calmer so they can relate to the needs of the pet and help take care of them. There are always exceptions to every rule.  Some breeds and individual dogs are extremely patient and great with kids… even young ones, like the one on this video.  And some kids love pets and have the perfect demeanor even at a young age.  Generally, however, it is better when the dogs are out of the puppy stage, so you are not dealing with 2 babies, and even better when the child is a bit older.

If you know your child has a tendency to be unkind or troubled… do not get them a pet; get them a psychologist! Let us remember that animals are live creatures and not toys or possessions.

And every parent needs to understand that somewhere along the way, your child is going to get nipped or scratched.  It is part of growing up with a pet.  Don’t over react!  A pet should be part of the family and no family member is perfect!

Kind of two opposite perspectives here…  But always better to be realistic!

June 27, 2011 Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Help Familie Keep Their Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets | , , , , , , | Leave a comment