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:D I was just sent this, and I thought it was worthy of sharing with everyone:

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.

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


When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire


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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Type 1 diabetes - 1986

hypothyroid -1993

pernicious anemia

premature atrial beats



daughter is: age 15

central hypotonia and developmental delay

balance issues (rides an adult 3 wheel bike)

hypothyroid 1996

dermatographia - a form of angioedema 2002

celiac 2004 - by endoscopy

diagnosed Aspergers at age 7 - responded very well (HUGE difference) to gluten-free diet

recovered from Kawasaki (2003)

lactose intolerant - figured out in Oct/06

Gilberts syndrome (April/07)

allergy to stinging insects

scoliosis Jan 2008

nightshade intolerance - figured out April 2008

allergy to Sulfa antibiotics

son is 13

type 1 diabetic - 2003 diagnosed on his 9th birthday

celiac - 2004 by endoscopy

lactose intolerant - figured out Nov/06

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Thanks for posting that! It is very true!!

Mom of:

Carleigh~ 10 years old, allergic to wheat, milk, peanuts, strawberries, and many EAs. She is currently soy-light and egg-light ~ celiac testing inconclusive by allergist.

Gluten-Free since 10/05 She's a gymnast. : )

Nick ~ 13 years old with no known allergies.

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that is so sweet and very true - thanks for sharing

"great works are performed not by strength but by perseverence"


Diagnosed coeliac - aged 14



                 High blood calcium

                 Crohn's disease -december 2012 

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That was so sweet. I had to put my "Bandit" to sleep recently and this was a much neeeded boost. Thank you.


Diagnosed March 2006 celiac sprue

Severe iron deficent anemia Jan 2002

Hypoglecemia 2000

"I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me"

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