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>>> Subject: Why dogs don't live longer than humans
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>>> > 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 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
>>> > four-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.
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