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Being a Vet, I was called to examine a 10-year-old Irish Hound named Belker. The owners of the dog, a couple and their little one, were very attached to Belker, and were waiting for a miracle.
I examined Belker and discovered that he was dying of Cancer. I told his family that we could no longer do anything for Belker, and I offered to carry out the euthanasia procedure at his home.
We made the necessary arrangements, the marriage said it would be a good idea for the 6-year-old to observe the event. They felt he could learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar sensation in my throat when the child was surrounded by family. He looked calm, caressed the dog for the last time, and I wondered if he understood what was happening. In a few minutes Belker fell asleep peacefully so he wouldn't wake up.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We all sat for a moment wondering why the unfortunate fact that the life of pets is shorter than that of humans.
The boy, who had been listening carefully, said: "I know why."
Surprised, everyone looked at him. What he said next amazed me, I have never heard an explanation more comforting than this. This moment changed my way of looking at life.
He said: "People come to the world to learn how to live a good life, how to love others all the time and be good people, right?"
"Well, since dogs already know how to do all that, they don't have to stay for as long as we do."
If a dog were your teacher, you would learn things like:
- When your loved ones arrive home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up a chance to go for a walk.
- Let the experience of fresh air and wind on your face be pure Ecstasy.
- Take naps
- Stretch before getting up.
- Run, jump y play everyday.
- Improve your attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when just a growl would be enough.
- On warm days, lie on your back in the grass.
- When it is very hot, drink plenty of water and lie under the shade of a tree.
- When you're happy, dance around, and move your whole body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Be loyal
- Never pretend to be something you are not.
- If what you want is buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone has a bad day, stay silent, sit close and gently make them feel that you are there.