The article is about a veterinarian's experience with a special family and their beloved old dog. The sweet dog named Belker was dying of cancer and the family had no choice but to put him to sleep. The parents decided that they wanted their 6 year old son to be a part of the euthanasia process because they he might learn from the experience. The 6 year old accepted Belker's transition with the maturity of an adult. The vet said that they began talking about why animal lives are so much shorter than human lives. The 6 year old exclaimed that he knew why.
He said that "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life-- like loving everybody all the time and being nice." He said "well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
This 6 year old boy was able to put the true meaning of life into two simple sentences. I always say that we can learn many things from our dogs and this boy just reminded me again of these things and more.
Our animals are our family.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
Delight in the simplicity of life.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
Our dog's treat us with these gestures daily. Why is it so hard for us to do the same?