A Dog's Purpose

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

These words were passed on to me from a very dear one, and while part of it I remember reading in the past with the forwarded emails, this one also had new parts in it for me as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Retriever Pup

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

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 was 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.



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Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Gary - This is why they are called (wo)mans best friend. Dogs rule. ;-)

Mar 13, 2010 04:45 AM #5
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Gary - I have read this before as well, and it brings tears to my eyes. I love dogs, and have one who is so much part of my family. They love unconditionally. And it is a reminder to make sure to enjoy every aspect of every single day. Time is something that we cannot get back! Thanks for a great post! And love the photo!

Mar 13, 2010 04:47 AM #6
Katharine K. Whiting
Solutions Real Estate - Tempe, AZ
CRS, Realtor, Tempe, Arizona, East Valley

Gary, I enjoyed reading a dog's purpose again.  Thank you for posting and including the picture of the adorable lab.  Looks like one of the puppies my daughter, Kari, used to raise!

Mar 13, 2010 04:54 AM #7
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Gary, What a great post, children really do see things in a different way.  Now I understand why I've had to say goodbye to some really good friends.

Mar 13, 2010 05:15 AM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've always accepted it because I know I'll live long enough to see them through their journey.  I've had some great pets in my life and I just know they'll all be waiting to see me again.

Mar 13, 2010 05:47 AM #9
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Gary - What a great story and wonderful message.  Like Tammy, I've shared my life with so many furry friends and everyone was loved and treasured.  As hard as it has been to let some go, I know that I gave them a good life. 

Mar 13, 2010 06:56 AM #10
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Oh...man...this is so beautiful and I have that lump in my throat thing of the beauty and powerful simplicity of that child's explanation. WOW!

Mar 13, 2010 06:56 AM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gary:  You've brought a tear to my eye.  This really rings bery true.  Animals love unconditionally.  We could learn so much from them.

Mar 13, 2010 07:21 AM #12
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

I hadn't seen this before so am so glad I didn't miss it. I've often thought this very same thing about children who die much too young.

Mar 13, 2010 08:31 AM #13
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Well, if that came from a 6 year old, My writing skills need a lot of improvement

Mar 13, 2010 09:44 AM #14
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

This is exactly what I needed today. Thank you for sharing, Gary.

Mar 13, 2010 10:53 AM #15
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

This brought a tear to my eye, too.  I would add one thing about my dog.  He is persistent and knows how to get what he wants and that is usually a treat or a walk.

Mar 13, 2010 11:00 AM #16
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Very touching Gary.  Thanks for sharing this story with us.  Now I have to get a Kleenex.

Mar 13, 2010 11:22 PM #18
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

I learned so many lessons from my dog about living in the present...Even after her death, no one has been more loyal to me (except Gordon)! Cherise

Mar 14, 2010 01:39 AM #19
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Beautiful message, Gary. I've ;oved my dogs, and look forward to another one finding me again one day.

Mar 14, 2010 06:22 AM #20
Connie King
Sevierville, TN

Any of us that have loved and lost a dear pet knows the pain,  but yes,  this story reminds us of so many lessons we should have taken from having loved our pet.   Nothing like that bond.

Mar 15, 2010 10:49 AM #21
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

Awwwwwwww .... I've heard this one before, but it never fails to touch every time I read it. Your pup photo looks just like one of our goldens when they were pups.


Mar 16, 2010 03:11 PM #22
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Gary and such a wonderful post and a very cute little puppy, featured at my favorite group full of LOVE ......


VB ;)

Mar 17, 2010 12:19 PM #23
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Great story but a tear jerker.  Very cute dog. 

Mar 17, 2010 04:03 PM #24
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Oh, that was so sweet!  My husband and I are at my daughter's house babysitting my 2 year grandson.........and Zoe and Baxter, their dogs.  They are all so much fun!  We are having a great time with them.

Mar 19, 2010 10:17 AM #25
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