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 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 stued me. I’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.” #Repost from @kelbelle415 with @repostapprr—-rr#repost from @sarasilva278. I’ve seen this before, but it gets me every time I read it. ❤ Dogs truly are angels on earth.
These two goobs are my whole life. I can’t believe she turned 3 this year and our anniversary is coming up next month. He may not be her dad but his love for her is indescribable. Our relationship isn’t perfect but it’s real. It’s fun and fresh and new everyday. This is my family, they make me insane yet keep me sane at the same time. My life may not have turned out how I planned but I wouldn’t trade this for the world.
Feeling sexy even when you feel the least sexy…. I’ve been worried about my weight for so long. Been so concerned with what people thought of my figure. But I have a boyfriend who loves me, who tells me everyday how beautiful I am. When we get dressed to go out and I come out of the bedroom in an outfit his face lights up. He’s proud to call my his girlfriend. And I’m proud to have a man that acts like a man.
Sometimes things happen in my house that make me question science. My daughter ran past the table and knocked the cup off but it didn’t fall or spill it’s delicious coffee and she was so confused when she turned around it was just sitting on the corner of the table. My boyfriend an I watched it all happen… We can’t recreate it. We tried.
Last week I took my grandmother and my daughter to the tattoo shop for my grandmother to get her second tattoo! She turned 70 this year and is the most awesome and badass person I’ve ever known. My daughter gave her that pony to hold so she would feel better. Plus the tattoo artist is a friend of mine and he was impressed at how well she sat!