Sunday 10 April 2011

Just one of those days .....

Today has just been one of those days! It is beautiful and sunny, and I decided to stay in and do some housework! (I know... cleaning??!) And as I set to, my hoover started acting a little 'icky and I discovered the bag was full. But did I have another? Nope!

So.. then I decided to go and take some photos of the birds in the garden. There was one in particular that was hopping around, and I didn't know what it was. Scooby was sat near the door, but as soon as I picked up the camera he was bouncing around. (he loves his piccie taken!) and the bird flew off.. so no photos of the bird and a few photos of the dogs later, my camera stopped working. The CF card was full.

Oh joy of bloomin' joys! So now, instead of cleaning and taking photos, I'm getting all the photos off the camera card and decided to do a bit of blog reading whilst I waited. The first one I came to was Nikki's blog, a fellow Designer with Docrafts, and she had posted this. I hope you like it..

A Dog's life - from the eyes of 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.
  • 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 tree
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • 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.
How true is that? Although, personally, I'm not too sure about the dancing around and wagging my entire body... ! But everything else - yep.. I agree with it all. And as soon as I've cropped down the photos of the furbabies, I'll show you a pic or three.

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