Thursday, August 20, 2009

Through the eyes of a 6-year-old

This week marked the beginning of the school year for teachers. On the first day back, our Head Master read this excerpt, as a thought starter for the year. Because I connect with, and love children and dogs so much, I had to post it. It is a reminder of what is really important in life:

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.

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.'

So live like a dog:

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things

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.



carma said...

I'm all misty-eyed reading this post. What a great perspective that little guy has :-)

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Ann On and On... said...

Refreshing...beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.

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Stephanie Faris said...

Awwwwwwww. So true! Dogs exist only to love. They ask for very little in return, which makes me want to give more.

greedygrace said...

That's so sweet!

I came by to welcome you to SITS! Welcome!

smile steady said...

Oh I love this. Dogs make my heart melt. And what a wise little boy!

AK said...

Nice one..Dropping by from SITS. Keep writing like this.

Kelly said...

This made me cry!! love it.

Eva Gallant said...

What a beartiful post. Just stopping by from SITS; hope you'll do the same.

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

What a wonderful thought! My husband would love to have a dog - but w/kids w/major allergies, alas, it's not meant to be. Popping by from SITS to welcome you to the SITSAhood!

Momma G.Love said...

Too cute!

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Leslie said...

Great post...stopping by from SITS

Katie said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from SITS. I loved this post!! How touching! I would love to share this on my blog. Would that be okay??

Katie said...

Hi, Sara thanks so much for letting me share it on my blog!

Alexandra said...

Kids really do say the most wonderful things!! As a dog lover I can totally relate. I lost a 12-yr old chow in January to cancer. It breaks my heart that my son (now 11 months) never really got to know his kind heart.

Zeemaid said...

What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing. It's a good reminder.

Stopping by From SITS Saturday ShareFest! Have a great weekend!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I love dogs and for sure we can learn from them. Cats can teach us things too, like take time to nap, enjoy the sunshine, take time to play.

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