While I’m on the road I’d like to share a poignant message I received a few days ago via e-mail from the BARC group. I’ve mentioned before that this group of dedicated Bernese Mountain Dog people is full of advise, support, and love which they share liberally with each other and the world.
Suzanne, a veterinarian, shared the following with us:
She had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Woolfhound named Becker. The dog’s owners, Ron and Lisa and their six-year-old son Shane, were hoping for a miracle to cure him.
“I examined Becker and found that he was dying of cancer. I told the family we could not do anything for Becker and offered to perform the euthanasia for the old dog at their home. …
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Becker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, and I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Becker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Becker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Becker’s death, wondering about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why! … and what came out of his mouth startled me.
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 child continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
So there you have it, out of the mouth of babes comes food for thought!
Stay tuned for Suzanne’s thoughts on a dog’s purpose…