Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dogs know how to Love

*In Memory of my friend BJ's dog Rex, who went over the Rainbow Bridge 5/30/11.

A friend brought the following story to my attention. Whether it is true (it's been around the internet for a few years) or just a legend, it is still a sweet thought and I hope it brings a little comfort to all who have lost a beloved pet.

The veterinarian examined 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. But Belker was dying of cancer. Sadly, the vet told the family she couldn't do anything for Belker, and they all agreed that the time had come to perform the euthanasia procedure on the old dog.

The next day, she felt the familiar catch in her throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Young Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that she 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. They all sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than humans lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why".

Startled, they all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned them. She'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He commented that people are born to learn how to live a good life, "like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The boy continued, "Well dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay around as long."

BJ, I know nothing will take away missing Rex, but I hope this helps ease the sting a little bit.


  1. Run free at the Bridge BJ

    What a lovely story, I've shared it on the forum I belong to, thank you. xxx

  2. OMD I meant Rex and wrote sorry, please ignore that bit!

  3. Awesome story! Love to Rex's family.

  4. I am sorry to read about your friend.

    What a touching story, and so true, kids have such a way of looking at things exactly how it is.

  5. I love that story. The picture looks so much like my own punkin. My heart goes out to your friend.

  6. That's a beautiful story.

    Please send by thoughts to your friend xox

  7. Peggy,
    Thank you for posting Rex's picture and the lovely story. It makes my heart happy to see his sweet face.
    Schnauzer Days - it might have been a Freudian slip, but one day I will be running free at the Rainbow Bridge and gathering Rex into my arms once again.
    Thank you, all, for your lovely comments.

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about the sweet one, purrs and hugs to his family.

  9. What a lovely story. Our thoughts and prayers go to Rex's family. We know he is running free at the Rainbow Bridge right now! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

  10. Momma loves that story... very sorry to hear about Rex :-(

  11. Children seem to have a wisdom that adults have lost. Thanks for a great story.

  12. Beautiful story. I hope the family finds peace over the loss of their pet. It is hard to watch them leave us.

  13. Love and prayers to Rex's family!!!


  14. Ahhh..sending good vibes to the family of this little one
    Benny & Lily

  15. My heartfelt condolences to Rex's family on the loss of their beautiful dog.

    I have read that story before and it always touches me.

    K and Suka

  16. What a comforting story, I'll just add "and cats" to the boy's statement. I'll be sure to pass this one along.

  17. This story was published several years ago in Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul. I have always loved it and it has been included in graveside services I've conducted for my own beloved cats. Little Shane's statement proves how wise he is beyond his years. Thank You, God, for the unexpected words of wisdom of your most wee children. What gems are they! And thank You too, Dear Father, for the gift of a companion animal's unconditional love. It is always there when we need it most and, like Your love, never fails us.


Kelly and Ike say thank you for your comments!