Why our dogs live shorter lives than we do

I recently wrote about the passing of my Pekin Duck Rescue friend, Helen.

Just now, I was wrestling around on the floor with my Canada goose management Border Collie, Quill, and saw a magazine under my bed. It is an Irish Wolfhound Quarterly, dated 2006 (I am nostalgic and clearly must have been reminiscing old reading material).

My Irish Wolfhound was a puppy mill rescue dog and a record setting champion, she was my heart and soul.  I named my company in honour of her — Tara.  I am TARA Training and Behavior, LLC, Teaching Animals with Respect and Affection – T-A-R-A – she taught me everything that I know.

So anyway, I opened up this Irish Wolfhound Quarterly magazine and read an article about the passing of a 10 year old IWH (they have very short lifespans, 10 is actually pretty lucky to get one of those to). They were sad, and reminiscing about the sad fact that our beloved animals’ lives are so much shorter than ours.

Shane, the little boy in the family, was quietly listening.  He gently piped up, and what he said stunned the adults. 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?  Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Be kind to the world, help one another, have a good day,

Dorene, feeling inspired, going off to hug a chicken

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