Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Dog's Purpose

Well, I find I really really miss my dog. It's been a couple of weeks now, but there is such an emptiness in the house. Sometimes I think I hear him.. :-(

Before we went on vacation we stopped at the Vet's office to pick up his ashes, which we had encased in a bronze memorial box my husband found years ago at a house sale. We brought Buster with us to the Keys. weird? I don't think so, we wanted him to join us one last time.

Yesterday my step daughter sent me this email. I thought I'd post it here. Funny how some things come to you exactly at the time you need them:

A Dog's Purpose

Being a veterinarian, I was called to examine a 10 year old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa & their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker & they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker & found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker & offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron & Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the 4-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 4-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.


Serena Joy said...

Awwww. {{{HUGS}}} sweetie. You're going to miss him for a long time. And then when you're ready, you're not going to be able to resist getting another pup. The last time I lost one, I cried for about 2 weeks and wouldn't hear any talk about another dog. And then suddenly, it was just ... time. I went and found her and it was like she filled the huge emptiness I was feeling.

And no, I don't think it's a bit weird that Buster went to the Keys with you. I'd have done the same thing.

paula said...

Did I miss something?

Leelee, I'm sorry you lost your friend. I know exactly how hard it can be...

leelee said...

Thank you ladies....I thought it was funny that I received that email...I do miss him...but when I post it..I feel better..

eventually we'll get another probably...but not yet...


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Corn Dog said...

Hugs Lee Lee. I always think I hear mine too after they're gone. Maybe we do? Ok, maybe we're cwazy.

leelee said...

Thanks Corn..maybe only a bit cwazy..but cwazy just the same.

HUGS!! back :-)