Walking the dog in The Netherlands on a sunny day!
Why dogs don’t live as long as humans, explained by a 4 year old.
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 there were no miracles left for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog. Ron and Lisa told me that they thought it would be good for the four year old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
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 moments, Belker slipped away peacefully. 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 had never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, “People are born so that they learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The four year old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Walking the dog in The Netherlands is a great way to get yourself some rest and inner peace after a day at the office, enjoying nature and your best friend, it can’t get any better. People who have a dog know that dogs are truly your best friend. When I go to work in the morning our dog always makes a sad sound like “no don’t go I wanna be with you” and we’ll always say “we’ll be back later” and he then goes off to his pillow knowing we’ll return. Our dog is also a lapdog. All day long he just wants to get picked up and sit with you (or sleep). Always whining when we go upstairs because he wants to come too (he can’t climb anymore because he has had a hernia and a part of his leg is paralysed). He’s also the only one who’s extremely happy when we come home even when we’re away for only 5 minutes. It feels like he has already been with us for a lifetime, he’s truly family.
As some of you know the scenery in The Netherlands is quite flat, we don’t have mountains or huge hills, it’s just really really flat. I live in a neighbourhood that is surrounded with a lot of green, I’m happy with that since I’m not a city person. The scenery around our house is pretty amazing in summer.
If you like dogs, travel and photography be sure to follow @campingwithdogs on Instagram! they have gorgeous and funny photos of dogs who are on the road together with their partner, I always love to check this page out.
Our garden in summer time at 5am
I hope you enjoy my photos and stories, I sure like to write even if it’s only for a small group for now, have a great weekend all.
Music tip: Frances – Don’t worry about me