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RE: Re: [Chat] I'm Sad/ Why dogs have short lives

Out of the mouths of children!

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:03 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Re: [Chat] I'm Sad/ Why dogs have short lives

Why dogs do not live as long as people...
>>Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old  

>>Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife,  Lisa, and
>>little boy, Shane, were all very attached to  Belker and they were
>>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 
>>good for the four-year-old Shane to observe  the procedure. They felt
>>could learn something from the  experience.
>>The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my  throat as Belker's 

>>surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm,  petting the old dog for the 
>>time that I wondered if he  understood what was going on. Within a few

>>minutes, Belker slipped  peacefully away. The little boy seemed to
>>Belker's  transition without any difficulty or confusion.
>>We sat  together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud  

>>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 

>>me. I'd never heard a more comforting  explanation.
>>He said, "Everybody is born so that they can  learn how to live a good
>>like loving everybody and being  nice, right?" The four-year-old
>>"Well, animals already  know how to do that, so they don't have to 

In a message dated 9/6/2005 8:46:06 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I don't  understand why
dogs have to have such short life spans  compared to us. 

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