STORIES AND LEGENDS
OF AND ABOUT BOO GWYNNE
"THE GRAND BOOBAH OF DOODA"
THE GRAND BOOBA: On
You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire
beneath them, but by building a fire within.
There was once a boo who boasted to her canine friends that
she could run faster than anyone. One day she chased a rabbit
and failed to catch it. Her friends ridiculed her.
"All right," said the boo, "I did not make good on my boast.
But remember, the rabbit was running for his life and I was
only running for the thrill-of-the-kill."
Moral: Incentive is all-important in motivation.
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Some of the most poignant moments I spend as a veterinarian are those spent with my clients assisting the transition of my animal patients from this world to the next. When living
becomes a burden, whether from pain or loss of normal functions, I can help a family by
ensuring that their beloved pet has an easy passing. Making this final decision is painful, and
I have often felt powerless to comfort the grieving owners.
That was before I met Shane. I had been called to examine a ten-year-old blue heeler
named Belker who had developed a serious health problem. 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 in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and
Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the
procedure. They felt Shane could 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." he 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, "Everybody is born so they can learn how to live a good life, like loving everybody
and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how to
do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Robin Downing, D.V.M.
from Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
Copyright 1998 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty
Becker and Carol Kline
10 Commandments for Pet Owner
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any seperation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me - it is cruciaL for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as
punishment. You have your work,
your friends, your entertainment. I only have you!
Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice
when it's speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, remember I have teeth that could easily crush
in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something
might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the hot sun too long, or I may be getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it"
or, "Let it happen in my absence."
Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, "I love you."
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