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Old 09-23-2004, 07:14 AM   #1
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just about life

I know this really does not belong here,so I truly hope none of you become upset with me,but I kinda consider you all extended family ,because kind words and help is what families do,plus we all have things that happen outside of these damn spinal prob's,cuz life does march on,well my family lost a fur member "Rainy"81/2 yr old Rottie,due to cancer,about 3 weeks after my surgery,we miss her dearly,anyway I opened todays e-mail and this was in there,and I guess my emotions are running high today, I find they do that alot lately.well I wanted to share,you guys can yell at me if you would rather I just stuck to my cervical issues,and I will comply.


From the mouths of babes

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."
(only a little person could see what we do not)

 
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