Dilbert and the corporate world is optional. The story about the dog is so tender. It hit a spot in my heart since I recently had to grant permission to my vet to put our sweet family lab to final sleep. Not all dogs are sweet, in fact, some are quite selfish and ornery. Our dog, like the one in this story, was of the rare, unconditional love sort.

Morning Story and Dilbert

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…

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  1. Glenda

    This is such a precious story, and so close to the truth! We should be able to love unconditionally, just like the beloved pets we have had to give up. Thank you, Karyl!

  2. Additional comment here: tonight was fell asleep during Glen Beck because he was reviewing the movie “The Hobbit” and I am not a myth/fantasy reader. But I woke with a start when I heard faltering speech. It was Glen, sniffing and teary over “Victor” their family dog who is now in declining health after several years. And Glen, like me, mentioned that he would need the wisdom to know when the time was right to say goodbye. I sat listening and grabbing a tissue for my now misty eyes and running nose. He mentioned the very thing that concerned me: what is best for the pet, not what is best for me.

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