Out of the mouths of babes...

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> Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old
> Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owner, his wife, and their
> little boy 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 there were no miracles left for
> Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia
> procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made
> arrangements, the owners told me they thought it would
> be good for the four-year-old boy to observe the
> procedure. They felt he could learn something from the
> experience.
> The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat
> as Belker's family surrounded him. The little boy
> 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.
> The little boy, 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.
> The boy said, "Everybody is born so that they can
> learn how to live a good life, like loving everybody
> and being nice, right?" He continued calmly,
> "Well, see? Animals already know how to do that, so
> they don't have to stay as long."


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