Little boy’s surprising take on why dogs live shorter lives than us

A little boy, who’s beloved dog recently passed away, stunned his family – and the local vet – with his explanation on why dogs live short lives, reminding us just how receptive and resilient our children really are.

In a post which has gone viral on Facebook, the vet shares how he was called on by the dog’s owners, Ron and Lisa, to examine their beloved old Irish Wolf hound named Belker.

After examining the dog, he told the family he couldn’t do anything for him and offered to come and do the euthanasia at their home.

He says in his post that the family thought it would be a good idea for their 6-year-old, Shane, to be present as they felt it would be a valuable life experience for him.

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The next day, when he arrived, the vet said he was touched when he saw the boy calmly petting his dog for the last time.

He says he wondered whether the boy grasped what was going on and was surprised that he seemed to accept his dog’s passing without any difficulty or confusion.

“We all sat together for a while after Belker’s passing on, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animals’ lives are shorter than human lives.”

Then, out of the blue, the vet shares, the boy who’d sat quietly listening to them, piped up and said he knew why!

“People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

The vet says he’d “never heard a more comforting explanation” and felt compelled to share it on his website. The post has already been shared on Facebook by over 11 000 people.

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