"To Everyone At Saving Argo,
Barney has been with Saving Argo for a few short weeks and yet every person he met, he left an imprint on. He shares a heart of love and patience and tolerance and joy in simple things like the blowing wind and leaves falling on him. He is happy to be loved and cared for and has never complained. There really needs to be more Barneys in this world. I only knew him for 13 days, but he was a gracious example of how both people and animals should be treated and respected. The story below is a simple view of a child and yet it helps a little in seeing why we all were allowed to meet Barney."
(Barney's Foster Mom)
A DOG'S PURPOSE (from a 6-year old child)
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 though t 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, rig ht?' The six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.
"Thanks to all who made Barney's last weeks of life possibly his best. He touched us all in so many ways. Never be forgotten."
(Ionia County Animal Shelter)