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Married to Tony mother to 2 children Lucas 23, Gemma 26 & her boyfriend Sean. Carer for 2 crazy Jack Russells. I'm dyslexic so excuse any mistakes. The Stitching Room is where I spend my time playing with Clarice (my camera) and Bernie (my sewing machine). Come on in and see what I'm up to.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Molly is 12 & Fathers Day

It is Molly's birthday today and she is 12 in human years so in dog years has been on the pension for quite a while.

I received this lovely email from a friend a while ago so thought I would share it.

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.

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.


Our 2 girls in their favorite spot sleeping on their pillow in the sun.

Happy Fathers day to all those great dads out their we will be having a lovely BBQ
enjoy your day.


omashee aka Barb said...

Happy Birthday Molly! I hope you get some special treats today. I know you are well loved.

Annie said...

What a beautiful story - I had a little tear

Trudi said...

How true! The simple things in life are definately the best.

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday Molly!!
What lovely sentiments. My son is studying veterinary, so I sent it to him too.

dutchcomfort said...

Happy Birthday to Molly and Happy Fathers Day!

Thanks for sharing a beautiful story!

jodie said...

you made me cry!! you know how special our big fat lazy dog is!! Happy Birthday Molly.

Wendyb said...

Now I know the reason why!!!! Dogs are so faithful and loyal and loving and caring....some humans never learn those lessons!
thank you for the lovely story to remind us of the simple pleasures and the true meaning and.....
Happy Birthday Molly !!!

Lorraine said...

...out of the mouths of babes hey!!!......lovely story....happy birthday to Molly.....she is about the same age as our Chelsea.....love the pic of the girls taking a nap in the sun....it's a dog's life!

Shontelle said...

That is a great philosophical tract Leanne. It made me cry to read it and picture my beloved dogs (who left me about 2 years ago) doing all of those things. I still miss them every day and will always be grateful that it was ME that they rushed to the door to greet everytime I came home.

Cicero Sings said...

Dogs sure do know how to live life!

Happy Birthday Molly ... looks like you've some spunk in you yet.

quiltygal said...

Just beautiful.....Happy Birthday Molly

Simone de Klerk said...

Waht a lovely story, Leanne! Thank you for sharing. And so important to remember.

Grazia said...

Happy birthday Molly!!!
My jack Charlie has fallen in love....:)

Sue said...

Hi Leanne, A very happy birthday to Molly. My dear Jessie is 13 and spends a lot of time in her bed or on the couch when no one is looking. The story was just lovely I cried so much it took me half the day to compose myself to be able to leave this comment. Have a good week.
Cheers Sue

Locket Pocket said...

What an amazing story! Dot and I are sitting here overwhelmed by that little boy's wisdom!

Lucy x

Ally Jay said...

Such beautiful sentiments

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Happy Birthday to Molly - what a sweet story.

Mrs Moog said...

Aww - Happy Belated Birthday Molly!

That's a beautiful story and made me smile at my old girl who's sitting right beside me :)


Mad about Craft said...

How I agree, if everyone in the world lived to that code there would be no war!

Jenny said...

How very true-my lovely doggy is sleeping as I type this and what a joy he is-hope your Molly is enjoying her Sunday and i hope you are too:)

Rosemary Walker said...

An AMAZING STORY of Love. At present I have 4 Jack Russells. Barnaby Barker, Bessie Boots, Bonny Bella and Zachary Kees.....My darlings. When my Basil BoBo died two years ago I was so grieved. My Harry Hiccup has also passed on. I'm sure there is a place in heaven for our loyal little companions.

May Kristin said...

So true, so true!
Thank you for sharing!

Meggie said...

OMG! Heart instantly stolen out of chest!!

Mary Ann said...

Sniff, sniff...big hugs to Molly on her special day!
Mary Ann

jacquie said...

molly is a doll. i just forwarded this to a friend who lost her long time friend this weekend. it helped me so much...i hope it does the same for her.