Most times we ask ourselves what did the humans do to deserve dogs. But the answer to this question is probably love and compassion, as dogs branch out from the little less afraid wolves that came closer to people and their night fires, and were fed by them without having much need to hunt.
So dogs are, most likely, our first genetically modified organisms, only we didn’t use science nor technology, but simply our natural reaction of love and compassion toward a fellow living being that was hungry.
We all love dogs!
They are eyes for a blind person, positivity for a depressed one, and a best friend who loves all of us unconditionally.
But they don’t live as much as humans. Why is that?
This 6 year old kid has the best answer anyone has ever given:
A confession by one veterinarian:
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 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.
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 moments, Belker slipped away peacefully. 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 had never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, “People are born so that they 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.”
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