Man’s Best Friend May Have The Secrets To A Happy Life

After my post about how much my cat teaches me a friend, and dog lover, sent me an email defending the lessons you can learn from dogs. After all cats can be full of attitude. There is a reason they are not called man’s best friend…they are independant and kindof aloof most of the time. Dogs have a lot they can teach us about relationships and so I thought I would share this email cause it made me smile. Animals are great! I sure am grateful to our Heavenly Father for giving us a world full of such incredible creatures. This world would be a boring and much sadder place if we didn’t have the love and beauty of animals!


Heya, Saw your latest blog and thought you might like this 🙂


 Subject: A Dog’s Purpose

  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 to 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.”

  Love Generously

Live Simply

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. 


So taking a lesson from dogs since I haven’t been feeling well for the past few days I am going to snuggle up and take a nap! Hope you have a furry friend to cuddle up with too 🙂

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One Response to Man’s Best Friend May Have The Secrets To A Happy Life

  1. Gnarfflinger says:

    I’ve never been comfortable around animals. My mother suspected that it may have something to do with the various disorders I have.

    After reading your last two posts, I am beginning to wonder if I don’t envy how comfortable they are with themselves. It’s not just the ability to shamelessly sit around licking their nether region either. They are who they are, and they don’t change for anyone.

    Perhaps this lack of complication simplifies their life to the point where they can be the caring companions other people see them to be.

    I’ve also heard a simple explanation of the difference between cats and dogs. Simply put:

    To a Cat:

    They feed me, they care for me, they love me, therefore I must be a god.

    To a Dog:

    They feed me, they care for me, they love me, therefore they must be gods.

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