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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Furry Love

I'm not sure if I've quite expressed my love for animals/pets with you all or not, but if you follow me on Instagram, it's pretty clear (coachgaines13)

The other day my husband's aunt whom I've lovingly adopted as my own, sent me this forward.  I'm not gonna lie, typically, I speed through risking my life or my first born (yes, I understand neither of those things are truly at risk if I don't forward to 21 people by midnight of the 12th night of my birth month in an odd year) by not forwarding it, and send it to the trash.

For some reason, I took the time to read this one...perhaps because it said something about a dog in the subject line.  It made me cry, folks!  Yes, in front of my students, I cried.

I can't give credit where it is rightfully due because I'm really not sure where the email originated from, but I felt led to share it with you anyway.
My best friend, Ashley, her dog Ruger, Football, me, and Irie.
 A Dog's Purpose
"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.

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."
 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

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You 
surround yourself with good people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the positive. So, love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.  Think good, happy thoughts!"

Photo bombers caught in action.

I can't even begin to describe how much love I feel toward these animals.  Does that make me crazy? Honestly, if I love my dogs this much, my heart just might explode when I have babies.


  1. gah tears! my dad forwarded that to me sometime over the summer and i remember crying my eyes out. i love it!! i wrote a post WAY back in the day on what my dog has taught me. it's so hard to explain to people who aren't dog owners, but the love of a dog is the BEST!

  2. “When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently” That’s one thing that dogs automatically do. They sit beside you, and without any words, comfort you the best way that they can. When you have a dog, you’ll have plenty of reasons not to feel alone.

    -Macy Arevalo


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