A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6-year-old).

“A Dog’s Purpose” is an amazing reminder to cherish the ones we love and enjoy the life we have. Dogs touch our souls because they live life with passion, simplicity and love.

2 wonderful stories, youth goes first, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is below.

A Dog’s Purpose (Insight 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.”

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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.

”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.”

Comfortingly true…

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.
  • Puppy games are for big dogs too
  • 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.


A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

If dogs make you laugh and cry then you will find this book (A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron) a wonderful read.  4.7 out of 5 Stars on Amazon with deserving reviews, A Dog’s Purpose is written from a dog’s (plural) perspective and will give you new insight into your dog and yourself.

It’s an easy read that will pick you up and carry you to new way of looking at life.

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    I will never forget the black dog lived with us in the post several years.

  • mycairnterrier

    Well said. Thanks Belker.

  • Linda Chung

    Quite inspiring!

  • Linda Chung

    Quite inspiring!

  • liz

    Very inspiring. Our beloved dog just died, and this story touched us very much. Thanks, Liz

  • Lterry

    Now this is the way to think

  • Joseph Aranha

    After having studied animals over the years as a photographer and having all sorts of pets in the house from the time I was a child, one finds out that as smart as we humans think we are, there is a lot to learn from nature. In Yoga I have, and will continue to teach that life comes from “Nature” and we can learn a lot if we keep an open mind and stop being so arrogant (which is born in ignorance) and stupid. The child in the above article with his innocence sees through the whole scenario with a simple statement. Nature (includes animals) can teach us a lot if only we are prepared to learn.

  • Cheryl

    Hey Diggy
    This article brought me to tears!
    I stumbled upon your website somehow.. can’t even remember now. I’ve spent the last 3 days of my lunch hours reading your articles!!!. At first I thought “what could this young guy POSSIBLY have to say that is relevant to a 36 year old woman”.. and now i want to say thank-you!!! and keep going!!! I’m a fast and true fan, and am 150% rooting for your journey to be a success. You’ve made me think more about things in the last 3 days than i have in the last 3 years.. i appreciate you, your words and I will be a faithful daily reader from hereonin!

    • Diggy

      Hey Cheryl!

      Wow, thanks for the kind words!
      This is one of my favorite stories, glad you enjoyed it too!
      If you ever have any questions or just want to chat, let me know:)

      Happy to have you as a reader!
      Have a beautiful day!

  • parker lee

    what an awesome reminded diggy, thankyou

    • Diggy

      Hey Parker!
      Yeah awesome story:)

  • http://www.cerealbeforebedtime.blogspot.com scholastica amel

    I think what we need to learn from a dog is its consistency. It can wake up at the same hour everyday without alarm :p

    Oh my, This post really make me miss my dog. I still can’t replace my dog with another k9. He had this specific character. My dog disliked few people that wasn’t good to me, as if he had sixth sense or something. Funny, I can sense people who had bad intention to my best friend also, but not to myself.

    Maybe another lesson we can learn from a dog is we need another people to watch our back and vice versa :)

    • Diggy

      Yeah I know what you mean. I also had an awesome dog that passed away about 2 years ago. Had a dream about her just yesterday. Co-incidence?

      I think the biggest lesson we can learn from dogs is their happiness, enthusiasm and loyalty. They will stay true to you whether you are rich or poor, successful or not.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Open Cobra

    After reading this, I feel like taking my dog for a nice long walk. Thanks for sharing!

    • Diggy

      You’re welcome!
      Dog’s are awesome!

  • John Smith

    it is really touched story. I follow your blog for a while, had never comment. this post can’t help to write down

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  • Yoanna

    Oh, man! You made my eyes watery while reading this…

  • Mark Dowdell

    What a great article. So spot on.

    Dogs are awesome, everyone has something to learn from them. That six year old knew what’s up.
    .-= Mark Dowdell´s last blog ..(MVW) – Maps and Atlases – “Artichokes” =-.