Mary works for Social Services and is Care Manager with the Adult Sensory Team with Social Services and deals mainly with hearing and visually impaired adults.(talks faster with her hands than her mouth.)
She was born in Brighton where we live, by the sea side, she loves her job with a passion and has a great deal of respect within the local disabled community.
Both of us are passionate about animals, in particular dogs and horses and have been actively involved in rescue, and have had some eye opening experiences, but also have had some comical lighter moments.
Doug is ex Services been around the block a few times in good and bad situations, thats why he seems to empathise with Violent Storm, he is now retired as a result of shattering his knee last year training a horse,(someone elses) he needs a new knee, but as a result of complications that is on hold.
We got this today, thought we would share and this thread would be the most appropiate.
A Dog's Purpose?
(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.
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.