Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wonderful Story......

While scanning through my messages yesterday, I came across this.......It really touched my heart and so I wanted to share this with all of you!  Many of you may have already seen it, but if so...it's worth reading again....     Thanks James for letting me borrow this!!!!

Why dogs have a shorter life span than Humans?  (Answer 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 one 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??  

"Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay 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.

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, and nuzzle them gently.

Enjoy Every moment of every day.....

Shug......

9 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Perfect said. I hope you have a very Blessed and Happy Easter. Hugs, Marty

Ginny said...

I love this story and I have printed the list to say on our church prayer line. How pretty your header is with the dogwood and red bud...it is so true that I find them growing together quite a bit.

Pam said...

Shug, I have to say that this post makes more sense than anything I've read lately. It's great with the dog, but your advice after it is awesome. Just simple things we take for granted. I'm bookmarking this for future use. Thank you!!! Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful blessed Happy Easter!

Grandma Bonnie said...

That is a very touching story. I have made it a point every day to greet any one who comes in my home at the door even the family members who live there. I noticed that my children who have grown and are on their own have followed in my steps. Happy Easter to you!

Lea Culp said...

I had read this before but it's been a while, so I'm glad you posted it. It's so full of truth that we all need to remember.

Easter blessings!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great words of wisdom. Have a Blessed Easter.

Betsy Adams said...

Sweet story, Shug.... What a smart child...

Love your sidebar photos of SPRING.

Happy Easter to you and yours. God Bless.

Hugs,
Betsy

camp and cottage living said...

Shug
It is heartwarming.
We can learn alot from dogs and children.
Happy Easter!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

This is definitely worth seeing again. My own dogs have taught me so much about love and devotion. My life is much richer because of my dogs!

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