Losing a pet is one of the most painful experiences that a person can go through. They add so much to our lives and they ask for so little in return. Even if they are only with us for a short time, they have the ability to change our lives for the better. Shane is just six years old and this is something that he understands even better than the average adult.
Lisa and Ron are his parents and the family has been living with Belker. Belker is an Irish wolfhound who has become a key part of their family unit. Unfortunately, his health has started to fail in recent years. The family was hoping for the best in this regard but the news that they received from the vet’s office was not good. The dog was diagnosed with cancer.
All they could do at that point in time is make sure that Belker’s final days were spent in comfort. The only question that the family still needed was whether they would allow Shane to be present during the proceedings. Belker was going to put to sleep at home with his family and Shane’s parents decided that it would be all right for him to watch.
They figured that this would make it easier for him to grasp what was taking place. Shane was relaxed and quiet on the day of the procedure. At first, his parents believed that he did not understand the gravity of what was taking place. Belker was held by his family and the shot was administered. As the family spoke about the dog’s effect on their lives, Shane finally chimed in.
What the young man said stopped them dead in their tracks. He said that people are born so that they can spend their lives learning how to be as good of a person as possible. Since dogs already have this trait, there is no reason why they should have to stick around as long. This rationale amazed Shane’s family and we are quite shocked ourselves.
Shane is definitely wise beyond his years. Dogs love us with their whole hearts and that is why they do not need to linger on this planet for as long as we do. If you appreciated this young man’s explanation as much as we did, be sure to pass it along to all of the dog lovers in your life as soon as possible.