Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Life Lesson: Why Pets Die Before Humans

I have seen this before & felt it was important to include in my blog.

This is a great story about how such a young person can see the meaning of life so clearly through the eyes of his best friend.

Six-year-old Shane observed his beloved dog being euthanized after a long battle with cancer. Shane's parents felt as though he might learn something from the experience. Shane seemed very calm, petting the old dog for the last time, the adults wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, the dog slipped away peacefully. The little boy seemed to accept his dog's fate without any difficulty or confusion. Shane joined his parents and their vet in a small quiet room where they discussed the sad fact that humans tend to outlive their pets. Shane, who had been listening attentively and quietly, piped up, "I know why." Startled, they all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned everyone. They've 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."

Please pause a moment and consider to:
Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly

1 comment:

Carol said...

What a simple life-lesson, learned from a boy and his dog! Beautiful story Grace!