A veterinarian was called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, and their little boy were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
Belker was examined and he was dying from cancer.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. When the family sat together for a while after Belker’s death, the parents were wondering aloud about the sad fact that animals lives are shorter than human lives. The little boy, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ‘I know why!’
Startled, his parents turned to him. What came out of his mouth next, stunned everyone. They’ve 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.’
Remember, if you had a dog as your teacher, you would learn things like:
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- Take naps.
- Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Be loyal.
- Never pretend to be something you’re not.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.