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I always think in the back of my head why can't my greys live as long as I do? Wouldn't that be so nice, that they could age slowly as we do. But then another thought comes to me, all of the other greyhounds waiting for a home wouldn't get the chance.

 

We have had a rough couple of weeks, our aunt died on Christmas day at the age of 58 and our uncle died on Monday at the age of 60, we have had to bury 2 family members in the past 2 weeks and with all this going on I say a little prayer to God to protect my 3 babies as 2 of them will be turning 9 in a few months and 1 will be turning 7.

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I'm so sorry for your losses :sad1:sad1:sad1 That's a lot to go through in such a short period of time :sad1

 

there's a short story that kind of goes with what you say about the dogs, it's about a 4-year-old who's dog has died...I can't remember the whole thing, but someone wonders why dogs can't live as long as us -- and the little boy said that they don't have to, as they already know complete love and don't need to live as long as humans to learn it and give it :wub:

 

welcome to GreyTalk, by the way :)

Kim and Bruce - with Rick (Rick Roufus 6/30/16) and missing my sweet greyhound Angels Rainey (LG's Rainey 10/4/2000 - 3/8/2011), Anubis (RJ's Saint Nick 12/25/2001 - 9/12/12) and Zeke (Hey Who Whiz It 4/6/2009 - 7/20/2020) and Larry (PTL Laroach 2/24/2007 - 8/2/2020) -- and Chester (Lab) (8/31/1990 - 5/3/2005), Captain (Schipperke) (10/12/1992 - 6/13/2005) and Remy (GSP) (?/?/1998 - 1/6/2005) at the bridge
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -- Ernest Hemmingway

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Thank you.

 

I think I have heard that story too about the little boy and it is true, but sometimes I feel a little selfish and want my boys to live forever!

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This may be the story:

 

 

WHY DOGS DON’T LIVE AS LONG AS PEOPLE…

 

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a 10 year old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very much attached to Belker and were hoping for a miracle.

 

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles 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 the 4 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. 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 animals’ lives are shorter than humans’ lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

 

Startled, we al 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 4 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. LEAVE THE REST TO GOD.

 

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I'm so sorry you're going thru so much. I agree with what you say...if our puppers lived as long as we did...then what would happen to the others? I believe each pup comes into our lives for a reason...to make us stronger, more sensitive, more humble, more thankful. When that pup's job is done, they move on, leaving the door open for the next one to come in...

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