Bear, you loved snow...coming from Texas, that was so surprising! You didn't care if it was high snow or just a little snow...you loved to sit on the porch and gaze up at it coming down. Yes...you had your licks of it too!
We miss you so very much. Always and forever, Mom Cyndi
Bear...this was the best place to have you memorialized....because you always loved to sit in the fireplace, we removed the logs and made that a nice place for you to sit when you were here with us on earth....so now, one of your fav toys is there...along with your photo, paw print and tuft of fur in the glass frame. It brings me comfort to look over from my office and "see you there."
Always with love, Mom Cyndi
"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. It has changed the way I 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 when they're born, so they don't have to stay as long.''