Its hard to believe that Momo is no longer the little puppy we got a couple years ago. It's amazing what a lasting impression these little furballs leave in our lives. A friend of mine recently had her 13 year old German Shepard pass away, and it made me think of how little time we really have with our best friends.

A while back I received this great email - I'm not sure if it is true or just a made up story, but the message behind it is so powerful. There's a good chance you've already read this - but it's always nice to read again.

A Dog's  Purpose, (from a 6-year-old)  

-Author Unknown

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.

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.'

- Happy Monday everyone.