I got this little story from a friend when we lost our 4 legged special buddy, Ely, a few weeks ago.  You might enjoy reading this, if you’ve lost a furry baby too.  It really puts a dog’s life in perspective and how he taught us such special things that we need to always remember.  Ely will always be in our heart….   He was a very good companion and a great dog.  We love you Ely!

He’s really been on my mind lately…..and I had to share

Ely helping Noah and David with crabbing.Ely helping Noah and David with crabbing. Yes, he would point to a crab….good hunting dog!

 Dog paddling lessonsDog paddling lessons.

Noah loved his Ely and Ely loved his NoahNoah loved his Ely and Ely loved his Noah.

Ely loved watching Noah fish under the shade trees....Ely loved watching Noah fish under the shade trees….

-1In front of the fire on Christmas morning, laying around on his new camo pillow….Ely loved camouflage! He had a passion for hunting!

The purpose of a dog (or why dogs don’t live as long as humans)

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 try and 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, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

So 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.



One Response to “A TRIBUTE to Ely”
  1. Joan Craven says:

    Cumby, I did not know that you had recently lost you four legged friend. Roger and I know how hard that is. We have lost 3 in the past. We are so sorry. He looks like such a sweet dog. We hope that your heart heals soon. If you’re ever in need of a wagging tail or a lick in the face, just come by and Miss Beasley will make sure that you leave with plenty.


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