I have some sad news to share. Even though, it has been five weeks since our Jackie passed away, it is still hard to say. She had a heart attack. If you have ever lost a dog, you understand how I feel. My dog, was more than our pet. She was a big part of our family. I clearly remember the first time I saw her in a Vet’s shop in Mexico, and I fell in love with her. By that time, my two sons were little, and my poor Jackie learned everything almost by herself. It was hard to split my time between two little boys and a puppy. But she was very intelligent and obedient, and she managed to learn. She grew up along with my sons… she was like a furry sister ;) She was willing to give you the best of herself all the time, and was happy with whatever you gave her. She was simply happy as a dog. She loved car rides, walks and even the bath time. She was extremely happy every time my husband would come back from work… She loved to eat apples, watermelon, and would patiently wait for dinner time. She was the only one that was always willing to spend some time with my husband in the garage, or watching a football game with him. She never missed an opportunity to take a nap next to you. Dogs are awesome, and I think we should learn from them. I am sure human relationships would be better. Anyway, our Jackie is no longer with us, we have cried a lot for her. The only thing that comforts me, it is that she did not suffer. Now she is in heaven, I am sure of that. From now on, we will keep her in our hearts…
This was sent to me a long time ago by email, I am not sure who wrote it. Maybe you have read it before…
A Dog’s Purpose
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 f act 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..”
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.
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.
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.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!