Irish Wolfhound Named Belker
Being a veterinarian, she 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.
She examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. She 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 they made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told her 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, she felt the familiar catch in her throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that she 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 humans 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 them. She'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
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"...................out of the mouths of babe's.