A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old)

18 Mar

from my good friend Scott Fornaciari

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.”

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.

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.


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139 responses to “A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old)

  1. barbara marquez

    April 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    That was the most beautiful thing I’ve read in a long time. Really makew u think.

    • John Fagbemigun

      January 8, 2014 at 5:38 am

      This is pathetic and touching

  2. Jeannie Swenson

    April 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

    So true, worth reading daily

  3. Pretty & Penniless

    April 20, 2012 at 9:44 am


  4. Jaiden Reed

    April 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

    That is so cute it makes me get all tingly down there 🙂

  5. Chris

    April 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Cool story 🙂

  6. Andrea

    April 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Well I didn’t think it would make me cry but it did!!! Thank you for this touching article/story/post!


      April 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

      you have a heart after all! you are most welcom

  7. Rach

    April 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Oh, if we could all get would be a much nicer world to be in. Thank you for sharing…


      April 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

      it was a karmic moment that touched me to the core

  8. sagar

    April 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    so true, i feel sorry towards people who don’t love animals, they don’t know, what they are missing in their life.


      April 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

      People who say animals aren’t smart, and far more evolved emotionally than we are…

  9. Maria Somai Santiago

    April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

    i love my dog. and this is the most beautiful thing i have read in a long while


      April 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Maria, it had me literally in tears.

  10. theanimaldefender

    April 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Reblogged this on The Animal Defender and commented:
    Simply Wonderful.

  11. theanimaldefender

    April 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

    This was wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Dan McNally

    April 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Great story – and they were darn lucky to have an Irish Wolfhound that lived to 10 – the breed tends to be short-lived because of their size.

  13. Cathy Billekop

    April 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Brought tears to my eyes Thank you


      April 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      This is the most amazing story – see, we all do have bigger hearts than we want to admit. This has officially gone viral. There have been over 74,000 hits on this today alone, and my average was around 350 for my business articles

  14. cori

    April 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

    SO true..very emotional….kids are smarter than adults sometimes… your pets the same way they love you.

  15. Ivey Lamos

    April 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. We just recently put our 14 year old dog to sleep. We wrestled with the notion of having our 3 year old be around for it and in the end she was home with us and showed so much strength. Childern & Animals really are little blessings of Hope & Love.

  16. paul huetttl

    April 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    it is funny with all our adult knowledge and intelgence,our attempts to destroy our surroundings so we can rebuild them to our liking,leaving nothing untouched thinking we are so smart and a six year old is smarter than all of us

  17. Shannon

    April 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    A friend shared this on Facebook. Glad I took the time to read it; well said. 🙂

  18. Barbara

    April 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    That was beautiful…I wish I could afford to have another dog like my Dukie…maybe someday..they just give and give that unconditional love…priceless.

  19. Stacie Chapman

    April 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Though this article warmed my heart, it made me get a huge lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes. This is so true. I have never had better or more loyal companions then my dog in my life. I always say, “Dogs are not my whole life, but they sure do make my life whole”

  20. Kellie

    April 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    So wonderful. We had a devastating loss of our beloved Terra to unknown causes when she was 7 months old. We were devistated but took comfort that we had her to love, even for such a short time. Now we have her sister Tia, born with the next litter of pups, so now when we look at her we always remember Terra. Terra sure knew how to love us and touched our hearts forever deeply.

  21. Rebecca

    April 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    This is beautiful. Bless the parents for showing their son love and respect as well as Belker.

  22. plmelin

    April 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Lovely. TFS!

  23. Virginia Higgins

    April 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful story! That little boy is very wise beyond his years! It is almost like he knew the true meaning of life.

  24. Bill Downer

    April 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    WE put our family Dobie down last August after 13 years of him being our protector, loving companion, and friend and my 4 year old was there and seemed to understand. Most everyday he says he misses his Zack….We are getting ready to get a rescue dog……Great story and I will bet that shane will always be an animal lover.

  25. judy canon

    April 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    a very touching made me cry because i remember my dogs i have left in our old house w/my brother who is not a dog lover..i really miss them:( every day i think of them worrying if they are fed w/the right food at the right i wish they w/me right now & playing w/them. i always pray that God will look after them. i love my dogs so much but i had to leave them for my work.:(

  26. DADDIO

    April 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I regularly strive for the unconditional behaviour for which our canine-counterparts are known!

  27. maudlin

    April 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm


  28. Kevin

    April 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, thank you for writing / posting this. It’s wonderfully put.

  29. Michelle Smith

    April 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Just don’t try licking your butt, sniffing crotches or eating poop…

  30. arlene bortkiewicz

    April 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    oh my goodness, i just love that story and you know, how could you forget something like this. beautiful, just beautiful

  31. Tracy

    April 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Just simply made my day. Thank you for posting this heartwarming story.

  32. auntie k

    April 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    SO PRECIOUS, made me pick up my dog to let him sleep in my lap!

  33. Barbara H

    April 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    It made me cry. I miss my departed pets and try to appreciate my little critter I have now.

  34. MJ Williams

    April 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Reblogged this on mjwilliamsdotme and commented:
    This couldn’t make more sense then it does.
    It’s a perfect explanation of purpose.

  35. stevie steve

    April 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    this may explain way we live longer lives…. the good die young

  36. Vinessa

    April 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    it was beautiful, thank you Lucy Hale :)♥

  37. allthewaydoc

    April 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    being a veterinarian myself, my children were exposed to death at a very early age. Children grasp things way easier and simplier than we adults give them credit for. My children know and understand much about life because of being around the animals.

    on a side note, i have a 6 mo old irish wolfhound named finnegan. awesome dogs!

  38. Saleha

    April 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    It’s funny how children tend to know more than adults BECAUSE of their innocence. This story was so amazing that it gave me goosebumps.

  39. Jackie Boldarin

    April 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    a pure heart, we could learn alot from this youngster. God bless.Im sure your’e pal will wait patiently for you in Heaven xxx

  40. piercea

    April 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I came home from the hospital today and what a greeting I received ! We have a female border collie, 2 shih tzu brothers and 3 cats. Boy did I miss them !

  41. katie

    April 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Needed this today. We had to put our 13 year old chow, Buddy, to sleep yesterday after a stroke. this made me be able to smile. thanks

  42. Jodelle

    April 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    if only people can live with these very simple things in mind, the world will be a much better place to be in

  43. Jennifer Anderson Brandon

    April 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    It is Amazing what we can learn from children.

  44. non-radical vegetablist

    April 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you. My aunt died yesterday, completely unexpectedly and a good 20 years earlier than most members of our family. It seemed so wrong, because she was one of the kindest, most loving people, and every memory I have of her is warm and happy, and it seemed so unfair that we had to lose her so soon. This helps more than you could imagine.

  45. Tammye

    April 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Out of the mouths of babes they say! Always so wise beyound their years! What a wonderful story and a very sweet little boy!!

  46. Thel Quito

    April 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    This Story made me cry, I’m really a DOG LOVER !!! this story from the perception of a 6 yrs old Boy is so TRUE !!! DOGS are really MAN’s BEST FRIEND, Dogs are Sweet & very LOYAL Creation of GOD !!! We should treat DOG’s as a member of our Family too.

  47. DisabledCyclist

    April 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thank You for sharing

  48. Christi Campbell

    April 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    beyond beautiful. We say “it’s a dog’s life,” but it should be ours too. Well said and this brings so much to my heart thinking back over all the loved pets, past and present, in my life. 🙂

  49. amber0marie

    April 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Wow. Yeah, I’m crying. My dog is my reminder every day to remember what’s good in this world. Beautiful post.

  50. Susan

    April 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Well honey! If I was A puppy
    And I had to pick a Mommy
    In the hole world it would
    Definitely be you..
    Love your best friend Suzie XOX

  51. Bob Fitz

    April 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    The last part of the story is from “Things we can learn from a Dog.” The author is Unknown. I have it on my Frig.

  52. Rachel Luken

    April 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you so much. We recently had to put our dog down because she had cancer. It was extremely hard decesion to make. But we learned so much from her now that she’s gone we look back on how much we have changed because of her.

  53. Heather Phelan

    April 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for posting it is just too close to home right now for me to comment on. Many thanks to Shane for his profound wisdom.

  54. samantha roth

    April 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    how simple life seems through the eyrs of a child. this just made me literally stop stop the thoughts of what to do wherr to go how to do it and when. life is to lovenot worry or fear. I feel at peace all because if a six yr old named shane. thank u

  55. Barbara Bennett-Watts

    April 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    This was so beautiful.. I have to say I was a little teary eyed too. I have a dog that is 15 yrs old, and I’m dreading his leaving this world.. I am disabled and he has this wonderful calming affect on me. I don’t know what I would do without him


    April 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    So true and wonderful…

  57. Bren

    April 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Lovely, I lost my best friend last week too 😦

  58. latmario

    April 21, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Wow! Some simple (yet profound) truths take us a lifetime to learn. Thanks.

  59. Cathryn Leff

    April 21, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Very comforting…I had to put my beloved Maggie down today after a year of pancreatic cancer….she was the best dog ever! She knew me like no one else and I knew her….we completed each others sentences…no words were necessary. She taught she so much! I wish I could share a picture here…..

  60. jessa

    April 21, 2012 at 2:01 am

    This was so moving. I cried like a baby, and im so amazed that a 6 year old is that smart. We should all think like this, the world would be a better place if we did.

  61. Fred

    April 21, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Worse thing I ever had to do was to have my Chow of 14yrs(Benjiman) put down due to illiness. It happened within a week…..i brought him 3days before christmas and the vet had me take him home with meds to ease the pain so he be with us for the holidays. Loved the time but was even harder to take him back and watch him take his last breath. Its been 5yrs and i still cant let go…cant get other one cause all the joy was taken with the loss…..Im 40 and tears r rolling as i write this…..miss u ben..

    • Steven

      April 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Fred, I just wanted to say that I know it hurts when we lose our best friends, but I hope you one day open your heart and home to another dog. Remember that the death was a small moment in time and think of all the days of joy you experienced with Ben.

  62. Christy

    April 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

    My best friend forwarded this story to me b/c I had to put down my sweet little yorkie yesterday. Each little sentence puts a picture of him in my mind to see, like sitting in the grass & raising his nose in the air when the wind would blow. Oh how i miss my Spencer.

  63. Ellinor

    April 21, 2012 at 7:26 am

    So absolutely very true. if only everyone saw it this way…

  64. Annie Gagnon

    April 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

    This is incredible, “out of the mouth of babes” this is the hardest part of having animals, and yet, we know it ends their suffering, I now have a mini longhaired daschound, he is three, and my little buddy, who loves me unconditionally, and me him, even thought he went to grab a toy from my hand and caught my baby finger in the Rheumatoid joint, I cryed like a baby it hurt so, but he kneeled at my feet immediately knowing he had hurt me, he was extra careful the rest of the day and I was sure to tell him, I love him and know he didn’t mean it, anymore then me catching a few hairs of his flag like tail, under my shoe when he stands and it pulls, they teach us all, and are wonderful creatures, RIP Belker, along with my companions from the past, Cub, Ben, Brandy, Fluffy, Sammy, Milo, Tiger, Rocky, Kitty, Nikita, Puddy, and Buffy!!! Animals are Gods gift!!!!!

  65. Patrice Kelly

    April 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I Loved This !

  66. kathleen

    April 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

    This made my day. I loved this! Thanks for sharing!!!!! My tails wagging!!

  67. Joe

    April 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Love it ❤

  68. Roger Reynolds

    April 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Well, I’ve had my “leak” for the day.

  69. Terra

    April 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Love the thought.

  70. Jos

    April 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    That was a great story!

  71. jimstolz76 (@jimstolz76)

    April 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderful post. Just 2 weeks ago we found out our 8 year old Husky mix has cancer. All we know so far is the first tumor has been removed, but we have no idea what the future holds. This one appeared out of nowhere in 2 days. I think I’m going to let that 6 year old teach me how to get off of this emotional roller coaster.

  72. lauri hamilton

    April 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    And one of my favorites… wag more, bark less.

  73. nelsonjeff61

    April 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

    This didn’t just make me appreciate my furry friends, but also made me really think about my day-to-day interactions with family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers I don’t know.

  74. Donna M Pratt

    April 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Donna Pratt April 22, 2012 @ 1:00pm
    Very touching and so very true! Thank you for posting!

  75. Kathleen Garrison

    April 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

    How beautiful that story was but true .God bless all animals

  76. Len Mirto

    April 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Amen. Out of the mouths of Babies come amazing truths. It has to be their innocence. God bless dogs and children and may we continue to learn from each.

  77. Tracey Doss

    April 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Saddens me. The people in our dogs’ lives have to give them up because of someone without a heart.. I love my dogs Freddy and Scooby. If someone could help us find a home, I would not give them up no matter if I had to sleep on the ground, except I have children and they need a home.

  78. PTG Rajan

    April 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I wish I were a dog…..PTG Rajan, India

  79. Edwina Fiorinl

    April 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you so much for the wisdom I just read. I love our 13 year old Patch. Will remember this post when the time comes to say goodby to him. Thanks for sharing.mce

  80. amelied

    April 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you Stephen. I have blogged about this and I entitled it “I KNEW Dogs were really Gods”. Please thank your friend Scott for sharing.

    This story made me smile from ear to ear.


      April 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I know. When I read that I just had to share it!

  81. Marilyn

    April 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Out of the mouths of babes …. so true.

  82. Mary Lou Kitts

    April 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    This is beautifully said!

  83. Lou

    April 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    How true this email is, thanks , I know I will always be happy that I experience this with my dogs.

  84. C Gmgkg

    April 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Among the ‘dog teacher’ analogy, you neglected to mention:

    1. If you can catch the squirrel on the fence, make sure to eat all of it..

    2. Bark, because you can..

    3. Nothing feels better than someone rubbing your belly or scratching under you chin.

    4. Just because the toilet has water doesn’t mean you have to drink out of it.

  85. Mary Schultz

    April 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    if Art Linkletter was still alive that child would belong as an honored guest on his show, sorry i am being nostalgic, i’ve seen tons of pictures today of every day items you youngsters don’t know what they are.
    i’ve shared this on my facebook page along with the wringer washing machine, the oil funnel, and some other things and i am the greatgrandmother that used them all. i really felt old when my friends were saying i remember my grandma used that

  86. Vickie Mattison

    April 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Such a smart little boy.

  87. chris anhorn

    April 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Very true

  88. L.M. Murphy

    April 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    This was beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes.

  89. Renee McKinley (@2old2tap)

    April 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    All I can say is- Exactly.

  90. April

    April 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

    A beautiful post and wonderful things that we as humans need to recognize and live. I have shared this with many friends and will be printing it to share it more with others.

  91. Chris

    April 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

    My dog actually kicked me out of my own chair today, that’s ok. She just reminded me that it truely is time to go take a nap. See, I’m learning from her already!

  92. Macy Mills

    April 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    ❤ its amazing how smart, insightful, and positive children can be. there so much we can learn from them if only wed stop trying to act like we already know it all. :))

  93. kay

    April 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    So true, so loving.

  94. Karen Van Dyke

    April 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Having raised and rescued 10 Irish Wolfhounds over the years, I can truly relate. We had more than a few that lived over 10 years but lost some in their early years as well. Whenever possible we were with them when they died and our hearts broke every time for they surely were dear and loyal friends. Karen @ houndsrun

  95. Dave

    April 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Still struggling with the raw grief of losing my best mate Bundythis little guy has made it all that more acceptable for me to come to terms with my dogs passing, thanks.

  96. Marco V.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    A friend shared this link with me after hearing I had to put down my best friend Jonae (Boxer) down yesterday after finding out she had a massive bone tumor that caused her to have a profound limp.

    Brought tears to my eyes…for a 6 year old to say that just puts it all into perspective. Thank you for sharing.

  97. DADDIO

    April 30, 2012 at 5:16 am

    UNFORTUNATELY maturity equates to losing such raw-innocence; which in-turn also results in the loss of pure-honesty……WHEN DOES maturity do THAT to us??? Perhaps why I cling to my immaturity!!

  98. Trish

    May 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    My best feline friend in the world was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (his particular tumor was located under his tongue) only 5 weeks ago. I read this article about a week after his diagnosis and couldn’t stop crying. Today I made the hardest decision i believe I have ever had an will ever have to make by letting him go. I felt by giving him pain medication every twelve hours and hospice care was doing the right thing but watching him lose weight and putting his entire face in his food to try and get a little bit of food made me realize I’m keeping him alive for myself and it felt cruel. Reading this article again made me smile a tiny bit through my many tears

  99. Joni

    May 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I have 3 dogs they are my loves,they bring me JOY every single day.
    I always said I wished I was my dog, Or any dog, what a great way to live.
    Thanks for sharing

  100. Lisa Wields Words

    May 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Beautiful, simple and true. Thank you for sharing

  101. epippak

    May 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Epippak's Blog and commented:
    So cute ❤

  102. lynda zastro

    May 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    My god how true, how beautiful.

  103. Vivian Magruder

    May 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thank you for the reminder of how simple it all is. Reggie our 8 1/2 year old standard poodle died this weekend peacefully at home. We were given him 2 years ago and felt so blessed by his “dolphin like” love. I feel he left because it is time for all of us to love each other just like he did…unconditionally and gently and peacefully. What a grand teacher you are Reggie. Your timing is perfect.

  104. tedgriffith

    May 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Ted Griffith's Blog and commented:
    I rarely reblog something, but this was exceptional!


      May 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      I agree. It is a gift to us all. Here is another such gift. Enjoy!

      • milkayphoto

        May 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        I came over here from Ted’s blog to read the story about the dog (wonderful, inspiring, poignant and touching) and it brought tears to my eyes. Then, I was fortunate enough to scroll down the comments to this video, where I was crying again over such a loving and creative proposal! Best proposal EVER! 🙂

  105. Paul

    May 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    “Out of the mouths of babes” …

    Thank you for this beautiful story!

  106. Abhirup

    June 1, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Thank you for sharing this… wonderful!

  107. Ana

    June 1, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I must say: “B-E-A-UUUUTIFUL”
    Lovely ❤

  108. Jen

    June 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for sharing, I literally have tears in my eyes. What a smart kid!

  109. Nancy

    July 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Wonderful. beautiful story! Irish Wolfhounds are the most gentle animals…so happy that this little boy was able to grow up with one. My first one lived 12 years.

  110. Kerrick

    August 20, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I post this every time a friend experiences a loss of a pet now. I keep it posted on my fridge, definitely words I try to live by now. Thank you.

  111. vinny

    September 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I think they should patent this saying for this little boy. I been using this saying and linking back to it for many clients friends and family. It just makes people feel so much better when thinking of losing there furry friends. Thanks little man and the people involved for sharing 🙂

  112. Len

    September 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The human canine relationship has existed since the begining of modern man(or before), It transends the limits of our understanding. It is a bond that goes well beyond anything that our intellectual minds can justify. It is complementary, spiritual , and unconditional. I pity anyone who cannot imaginine it and I applaud anyone who can explain it so perfectly. Shane obviously has wisdom well beyond his years!

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  115. dave

    January 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Wonderful thought

  116. Carol Smith (@CarolSmithCEO)

    January 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Absolutely wonderful post. I’m sitting here with my 12 year old German Sheppard in tears. When we love, we hurt, when we watch and listen, we learn. Thanks for this post.

  117. Puppy Engineer

    June 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    May I share this article? I think it can comfort every dog owner who lose their best friend.

  118. Susan Pomerantz

    July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Just the right story for today, our grand childern lost their best friend, Rex.

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