Why dogs live less than human
Here’s the surprising answer of a 6 year old child.
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 dogs’ 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 for as long as we do.”
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
• When your 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 faithful.
• 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.
That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.
A Selection of Dog Quotes
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” ~ Samuel Butler
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ~ Josh Billings
“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” ~ Roger A. Caras
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” ~ Charles de Gaulle
“My little dog ~ a heartbeat at my feet.” ~ Edith Wharton
“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ~ John Grogan
“To err is human — to forgive, canine.” ~ Author Unknown
“The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” ~ Konrad Lorenz
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~ Charles Schulz
“Dogs leave pawprints on our hearts” ~ Author Unknown
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” ~ Mark Twain
“If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people.” ~ Capek
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” ~ M.K. Clinton
“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” ~ Jill Abramson
“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” ~ Caroline Knapp
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” -Kinky Friedman
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”- Orhan Pamuk
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
“My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.” ~ Anne Lamott
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers
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