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I always like to tell my Kindermusik parents in our very first class that there really is no reason for them to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about singing in class because their voice is the most beautiful voice in the world to their child.  But I never knew this could apply to puppies, too!  🙂

Thanks goes to my sister, Libby, for sending this to me.  And, oh, yes, I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised at this.  You probably already did this for years to your “kids”, too, right?! 😉

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This morning I received one of those emails that many folks simply delete – a “Fwd”.  For some reason, I had the time available to open it and skim through.  After the first few lines, I slowed down and began re-reading it with interest.  A confirmed cat-lover, I have also had the privilege of being owned by a beloved dog or two in my lifetime as well.   I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  If anyone knows the author, please let me know so I can properly attribute this post.

A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6-year-old perspective)
by a veterinarian……

child leading dog

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.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

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Many thanks to my friend, Cherease, for sharing this with me! 🙂

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My sister sent this to me today in an email as a gentle poke from a doglover (her) to a confirmed cat-lover  – me (although I do enjoy a good dog).   Anyway, I thought the list was a cute one combined with the photos.  If you know the author, please let me know.  I’d like to tell them how much I enjoyed it!

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1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8th cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2.  Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3.  In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids.  You may need to stand on the lid.

4.  The cat will self-agitate and make ample suds.  Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5.  Flush the toilet three or four times.  This provides a “power-wash” and “rinse.”

6.  Have someone open the front door of your home.  Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7.  Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8.  The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9.  Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

“Drowned” Cat

Sincerely,

The Dog

Laughing Dog 

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One of the many reasons I enjoy having my blog on WordPress.com is the variety and creativity of the blogs they host.  As a WP blogger, each time I sign in, I get a glimpse of the best of the best on the WP homepage.  There is always a listing of the most popular WP blogs available, and I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER is always at the top of the list. 

Although most photos involve cats in some way, this picture below has made me laugh several times today, and it will give you a peek into this blog’s purpose – simply to have a good laugh.  I always enjoy checking it out, and I hope that you will get a kick out of it, too!  😀

Cordless Mouse

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I know – I’m a sucker where cats are concerned.  But this guy is simply a treasure well worth keeping.  Enjoy!

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