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I know why.

This came from a friend of mine ...



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 there were no miracles left 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 Shane could 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.

He said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody and being nice."
The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Comments

Wow.. That is really nice. :) I really like that.

Re: *grins* :)

45 miles, 1hr 15 min on an average day.

That's each way.

*blinks*

This would explain why the "Good Ones" always seem to pass away so soon...

Mahalo for sharing! *HUGS*
Wow, impressive.

Query, and sorry if it sounds a little cynical... do you (or the friend that sent this) know who wrote that story? Without a credit, I'd have to mark that as being the sort of soft-heart story that gets forwarded to lots of different people without an author ever being known, was possibly fictional in the first place and so not anywhere near as spectacular, or was published in one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, or even an urban legend.
Yep, it was from a Chicken Soup source,

-Robin Downing, D.V.M.
from Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

according to this site:

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/cellopea/quotes2.html