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A Dog’s Purpose According To A 6 Year Old

May 24, 2011 | 70 Comments » | Topics: Dog, Heartwarming, Writing 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 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. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.” Startled, we all turned to him. 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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