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    A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Fanatics -

    My wife (who is a veterinarian) forwarded me this today. It touched me so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. Really, really neat.

    A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).


    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 stunned me.
    I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try
    and live.

    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.''

    Live simply.
    Love generously.
    Care deeply.
    Speak kindly.

    Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure
    Ecstasy.
    Take naps.
    Stretch before rising.
    Run, romp, and play daily.
    Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
    Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
    On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
    On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
    When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
    Be loyal.
    Never pretend to be something you're not.
    If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
    When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them
    gently.



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Thanks for the teary eyes at work, Chris.



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Thanks for the teary eyes at work, Chris.
    Ha. Same happend to me man. Very touching.



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Thats cool! Here another story that my g/f sent to me awhile ago...I just about left work and went home to play with my dog after reading this... best of craigslist: a letter from a shelter manager

    A Letter from a Shelter Manager

    I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will.


    First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know.


    That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.


    The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog".


    Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.


    Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.


    If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.


    Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".


    First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.


    When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?


    I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.


    I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.


    Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.


    My point to all of this DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!


    Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it made me want to adopt". THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    very true statment...

    my boxer helped me train to become a better father to my daughters... they do teach us valuble lessons in life.



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Wow this really hit home for me. I am watching my friends dog for the summer he is a poodle with Maltese. Sunny is almost a year old and he is incredibly adorable. I have never really expierenced having a pet so close to you. We do everything together I take him to the dog park, go for rides hell he even sleeps with me.

    One thing I have learned is that dogs are so loyal they will do anything for you. He is also a chick magnet and that definitely has its perks


    in the laaaaab

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    Dogs die more quickly so that they can teach us how to better deal with the deaths of humans.


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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    My dog's purpose is to be a last resort meal if **** hits the fan.

    Don't worry, he's cool with it.



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    My dog's purpose is to be a last resort meal if **** hits the fan.

    Don't worry, he's cool with it.
    Is he a weiner dog? *sorry, couldn't resist*


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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye11en1 View Post
    Dogs die more quickly so that they can teach us how to better deal with the deaths of humans.

    What?



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    My dog's purpose is to be a last resort meal if **** hits the fan.

    Don't worry, he's cool with it.

    Or maybe (and preferably) you'd be a last resort meal for him.



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    What?
    You've never heard that? I didn't word it right, but it's a "saying".


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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Irish wolfhounds would make sweet weiner dogs. That would be one big weiner dog. What is your favorite kind of weiner dog Chris?


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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    Thanks for the story Chris! My mom, sisters, and I try to go to the local shelter to volunteer at least once a week. It isn't much but the owner assures us every little bit makes a difference. I usually get to walk the big dogs that lots of ladies/smaller people can't handle, like Pit Bulls and Great Danes... We also go in to the cat room and give all the kitties some personal time. Animals are awesome



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    Re: A Dog's Purpose (for dog lovers)

    My neighbor's dog's dual purpose is to bark at everything and poop in my yard.



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