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for all humans who love..........
      #171925 - 01/27/06 01:32 PM

I got this from a vet friend:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Scott, his wife,
Heidi, and their little boy, Andre, 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, Scott and Heidi told me they thought it
would be good for the six-year-old Andre to observe the procedure.
They felt as though Andre might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family
surrounded him. Andre 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
why it is that sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives...

Andre, 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?"
Heidi (his Mom) said, "You are so right."

Then 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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      #172027 - 01/27/06 11:08 PM

That's awesome! Sometimes kids have the best points of view...

Love God and do what you want. -- St. Augustine

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      #172033 - 01/28/06 12:26 AM

Fran, your making me cry again!

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      #172050 - 01/28/06 02:05 AM

Thank You Fran,,,That was wonderful,,,*as the tears roll down her face, reading the story over and over and over*


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