#1 The Bond Between Boy And Dog
Dogs are the most loyal of companions and are loved just like family members. Saying goodbye to them isn’t always easy, but it can be meaningful as 6 year old Shane will soon tell us.
#2 A Boy & His Irish Wolfhound
Ron, his wife Lisa, and especially their little boy Shane were all very attached to their Irish Wolfhound named Belker, who later at 10-years old was found to have cancer.
#3 The Veterinarian Visit
When the doctor examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer, he told the family he couldn’t do anything to help, and offered to perform euthanasia for the old dog in their home. Ron and Lisa told him they thought it would be good for 6-y/o Shane to be there during the procedure, they felt Shane might learn something from the experience.
#4 Saying Good-Bye
On Belker’s last day, Shane seemed calm, petting the old dog as if he understood that he was saying a last “goodbye”. Within minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. Shane seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.
#5 Shane’s Wise Explanation..
They all sat together after Belker’s death, wondering aloud how sad it is that animals lives are shorter than humans. Shane, who had been listening quietly, spoke ”I know why. . . 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 6-y/o continued, ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
#6 Moving On With A Joyful Heart
The companionship and love that your dog can provide is immeasurable, and saying goodbye is never easy. Hopefully Shane’s words will bring comfort to those who have recently said goodbye to a beloved pet companion and the memories you have with them stay alive in your heart.