Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs

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  1. fishinpals

    fishinpals New Member

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    Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs

    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 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...
     
  2. catfishtonyd

    catfishtonyd New Member

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    I must agree completely. I have 3 dogs and they are all better then I am but I do believe they are teaching me to be a better person. I'm learning from their examples. Thanks
     

  3. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I now have tears in my eyes and wanted to thank you for sharing that story.
     
  4. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    Thank you Jim, that was a very sweet and touching story. You know how the old saying goes, "out of the mouths of babes". You just posted proof of that.
     
  5. Memphis_Catfish_King

    Memphis_Catfish_King New Member

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    wow just puts a lump in Ur throat Ty for sharing that..
     
  6. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Another post I should have read at home...it makes me think of a family dog we had when I was a kid. Sandy was the smartest dog I have ever known personally. She passed from old age long ago but I will never forget her.
     
  7. LiquidSteel

    LiquidSteel New Member

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    I too have tears in my eyes, as I read this sad story, of a dog that lived long and loved so much. Dogs are like a member of the family. And they are like Harley-Davidsons and fishing........ If you have to explain it, you probably won't understand it anyway.........

    The fact that a child saw the love and compassion at such an early age...........
    (I'm getting really choked up here.......) is a real inspiration to a leathery type person like myself.

    God gives us children as gifts, and I honestly believe that God gives us pets, such as faithful - obedient dogs, to show us all how to care, live, love and obey in the best and worst of times.

    Thanks for sharing this humbling real life story.
     
  8. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    :sad2: Well Jim you Buddy you did it again .Now I've got water in my eyes and it ain't rain. Made me think of my girl I had to have put to sleep almost 9 years ago. Guess I'll never get over her completly. Small children are a whole lot smarter than us grown ups give them credit for. Thank you for sharing.GOD BLESS!!
     
  9. young catfisherman

    young catfisherman New Member

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    thanks jim for that post!