“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.”
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.”
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.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
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.
Other good resources:
- Book Summary
- About the author Bruce Cameron
- Other Books by Bruce Cameron
- Dogs are People Too (NY Times) About training dogs for an MRI Scan and the findings.