Dog’s Purpose… Remembering my late dogs


Remembering my Dee Dee, Angie, and Nero… they did it so well…!

Dog’s Purpose, from a 4-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 four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt 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. 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 four-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 stuff 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. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough. 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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Lia adalah seorang Dokter dan saat ini Ia bekerja di sebuah perusahaan teknologi medis. Passionnya adalah mewartakan harapan yang terpancar melalui anugrah kehidupan melalui tulisan, ilmu kedokteran serta penghayatan hidup sebagai seorang perempuan. Ia adalah kontributor Buku Renungan Harian Wanita “Treasuring Womanhood” selama 8 tahun belakangan ini, juga penulis buku “You Deserve The Truth”, “Sexy and Holy”, “Wake up Princess”. Lia sangat passionate melayani kaum muda. Bersama suaminya Riko Ariefano dan komunitasnya Domus Cordis, ia banyak melayani di berbagai negara dan daerah di Indonesia, khususnya dalam mewartakan kabar sukacita tentang teologi tubuh (TOBIT), anugrah kehidupan, dan panggilan keperempuan-an. Lewat Inspire Group, sebuah kerasulan media sosial dalam Komunitas Domus Cordis, Lia dan Riko juga sering membawakan vlog dan menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan seputar kaum muda dengan berbagai perjuangan dan pergumulannya, serta bagaimana untuk selalu melibatkan Kristus dalam kehidupan mereka. Topik-topik yang dibawa termasuk tentang relationship, adiksi, potensi kaum muda, hubungan dengan orang tua, sampai current issues di Indonesia. She is a proud wife and blessed daughter. She is a writer and traveller who loves coffee, bakmi, and dogs! Lia bersama suaminya Riko Ariefano, dan kedua ekor anjingnya saat ini berdomisili di Jakarta. Blog: https://whittulipe.wordpress.com IG: whittulipe Vlog: Youtube: Inspire Group
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