Thursday, November 18, 2010

all i need to know...i learned from my dog.

you know how sometimes, you read something...and it just HITS YOU.

well, that is what this forwarded email did to me today. yes, a forwarded email. it must be pretty good if a forward knocked me off my feet. because we all know what most forwards look like: "pass on to your 20 closest friends or your wish will not come true..." "forward to 100 and you will meet the love of your life!!" "you must forward in the next 30 seconds or your computer will self-destruct!!!!!!"

this email was nothing like that.

yesterday keith and i got home from my night class and keith was frustrated because the class ran late. i am not quite sure why this frustrated him so much considering i was the one who had to sit in the actual class for OVER three hours. but anyways, we rode home in almost complete silence. i felt it was best to let him have a few minutes to calm down. we get home and he is still really amped up...maybe some other issues with bothering him too? he just started venting....
but what i noticed during all of his frustration was that layla, our 8-year old husky/shepard mix, never wanted to leave his side. she just wanted to stay right with him during all of his excitement and frustration. it was rather sweet, really. she almost didn't know what to do with herself. should i get up and move around like he is? or just stay as close to him as i can? i could tell she wanted to comfort him.
finally when he shut his trap, i told him all of that. i said "layla is trying to comfort you. she wants to be with you and make you feel better. " and then he pet her head, as if to say "thank you". ♥

i told you that to finally share with you the letter i got.

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old)

this is a veterinarian's story.
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. 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. It has changed the way I try and live..

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.''

Live simply.
Love generously.

Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog were the 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. (as Layla did for Keith!!)


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