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I got this story from an email the other day. It's probably urban legend, but it's still a story I thought many might enjoy and appreciate - especially the dog lovers out there.

A Dog's Purpose from a 4 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
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 the four-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
We sat together for a while after Belker's death,
wondering aloud about the
sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human
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
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 four-year-old
continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that,
so they don't have to stay
as long."

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