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A little story

This has been going round for a while, I thought it may resonate with a few folks here.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolf hound 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 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 Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'

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That's lovely and so true. x

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Oh that is very true. How lovely. Thank you stree. Xxxx

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That's incredible! Wow - Nuggatt is beginning to struggle with heart disease - I find this post so heartening! Thankyou xpiggix

Thank you for sharing that, it is both heartwarming & true.xx

Out of the mouths of babes and children - why am I nearly in tears? I'm glad you were there, stree. Thanks for sharing that. xxx

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very true

All that:-)

Perfection. Children know so much more than we can ever imagine.



Lovely sentiment.

Thank You beautiful.

Out of the mouths of babes, what a lovely story,though sad.

OMG how that all resonated with me. Yesterday we lost our wonderful moggy after eight weeks of our amazing veterinary practice fighting to save him and his leg following him being degloved. In the end he had to be euthenased as his poor little head couldn't take anymore. I do feel that perhaps he was tired of it all, had enough of us all fighting for him. And to end with, it was my little eight year grand daughter who comforted me, not the other way round.

So sorry Adrie1945 , How heartbreaking for you. The story made me tear up, but your sad, very sad, reply really brought the 😢 tears. Poor little fella..Ruby🌹

Love it many times and it still makes me think.

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Just to say when I first read your post, without my glasses, I thought you said "Being a vegetarian. .." not "Being a veterinarian . . . " and was a little confused, then everything became clear. Have thought a lot about it. x

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OMG! We must go to the same opticians. Until I read your reply I kept saying to myself "what's being a vegetarian got to do with anything?" 🙄😬😂😂😂

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This beautiful story has been around for a few years now. It brings a tear to the eye.

I don't think stree is a veterinarian but is relating the storty told by a vet.

LaVerita is correct, while such a thing as a bacon buttie exists I could never be a vegetarian..

This is akin to the saying "the good die young" but of course there have been m any people who have lived long and meaningful lives. Good story to help children cope with the death ofpets.

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