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


How wonderful!! Thanks for that.

On 9/9/05, Lynda Young <lyoung@grindertaber.com> wrote:
>
> Out of the mouths of children!
>
> Lynda
> 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
> >>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
> Shane
> >>could 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, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good
> life
> >>like loving everybody and being nice, right?" The four-year-old
> continued,
> >>"Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to
> >>stay
> as
> >>long."
>
>
> 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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
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