[–] Sometimesineedhelp 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Relevant copy pasta:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolf hound 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.'

Sorry for your loss, our cat loves to sleep with the tomatoes too

[–] BlackSheepBrouhaha 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

[–] Gigglestick 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I enjoy manly tears. It’s the rare weeping I detest.

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

this was a really great little story. thank you for sharing.

[–] AR47 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Fuck man.

The goddamn feels.

Actually got choked up at that.

[–] PuttItOut 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Lot of respect for the proper burial. There is something noble about digging a respectable grave for an animal.

I'd say you taught others a lot by this act alone.

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I honestly felt that "nobility" as I did everything... it was about "doing right" by "someone" who had always done right by me... even if that someone was 4-legged. I think that's part of what's missing today. I felt more human accepting and trying to deal with all the flood of emotions of dealing with this process than I have in years. I wonder if emotions are being blocked out by environmental or chemical factors.,

[–] BlackSheepBrouhaha 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Emotions don't occur in isolation, they're social and let us feel connection and loss.

[–] KosherHiveKicker 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I hope i can teach my kids how to keep adapting.

Now you have an opportunity to teach them about life with another puppy joining your family. It might not seem like the thing to do today, but trust me in time raising another will bring your family another ~15 years joy, and many more opportunities to teach.

Honor. Remembrance. Raise another. (You have already completed the first two)

My condolences.

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

oh absolutely! we have a 5 year-old vizsla and will probably look at a plot hound for the next addition to the family,,, maybe a catahoula... but yeah, no one can love a dog and not want a dozen more!

thanks for the positive words!

[–] LongyyBearr 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Based.

Thank you for the read.

I aspire to be just like you in the future.

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

don't be like me... be much better than me.

[–] LongyyBearr 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

SIR YES SIR!

[–] KVD 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Same day grumpy cat died. Double sad.

[–] Dauphin 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

So sorry for your loss... dogs are absolutely amazing creatures and it sounds like you had a very special one!

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

indeed! thanks!

[–] Gigglestick 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You’re a good father.

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

that's all I want to hear... that's all I want to be.... thank you.

[–] Gigglestick 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

My dads old dog jumped out of her coup, ran into the highway and committed canine suicide. She knew it wasn’t a way to live, she was a good girl. Smelly beagle, but good girl. She threw up on me when we first picked her up, had car sickness all her life. I went out there with my dad to scoop her up and put her in the bed of his truck. Her and two of his other old best companies now look over his garden in the back yard.

My father is a great man. I know he blames himself for the way me and my brother turned out, but more often than not, the “smarter” or more curious kids tend to start drinking and smoking, the smarter ones know when to get off the boat. I hope he doesn’t feel bad, he was a great dad, soccer coach, Boy Scouts, church every Sunday, made sure we got on the bus, grapefruit and eggs every morning (I cried when I was much younger but it means so much now). Trust me, if that’s even remotely like you, you’re a good dad. Not to mention me and my brother are both adopted, and he still took care of us. I love my dad.

[–] bfriend13 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

My condolences on your loss.

[–] nosejobsforequality [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

thanks!

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