Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans

tan and white short coat dog laying down in a brown wooden floor

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Dogs really are man’s best friend. Most people have had some sort of pet sometime in the life and can attest to the fact that they were a joy to have. Dog’s are usually the most favorite kind of animal that people have. There is no other pet that is so adoring, loving, faithful, happy, and dedicated to their masters. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and for many people, this sad time can be very sad, depressing, and lead to a great deal of despair. On the other hand, there are some instances in which people remember fondly their pet, learn from the situation and move on. They look at the circumstances from a different perspective.

Such is the case in today’s story. A dear college friend of mine, Heidi, sent me the following story which…I am sure…will warm your heart and, maybe, cause you to look at life a little differently.


Here’s a surprising answer 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 owner 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 that he was dying of cancer. I told the family that we couldn’t do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for their old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me that 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 dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped away peacefully.

The boy seemed to accept the transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ 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. It changed the way I try and live.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life like loving everybody all the time and be nice, right?” The six-year-old continued.

“Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”


Live Simply.

Love Generously.

Care Deeply.

Speak Kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be faithful.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog!



  17 comments for “Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans

  1. June 30, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    This is so incredibly beautiful. I bookmarked it so I can reread it again and again. Lessons to learn!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 30, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    My goodness, this is absolutely wonderful, words everyone needs to hear. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. July 2, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Recommended to me by Jennie Fitzkee.. a lovely story that all of us who have loved any pet can appreciate… Why Dogs Live Less than Humans courtesy of Coach Muller.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. July 2, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Well that’s just set me up for the day. Beauteous. I thank you. Following! X

    Liked by 2 people

  5. July 2, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I’ve often wondered why dogs have such short lives. This is a wonderful explanation!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. July 2, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Reblogged this on Jabberwocky.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. July 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I agree completely, dogs are the best.💜💜

    Liked by 2 people

  8. July 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    This is so completely true, dogs are the best.💜

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Patty
    July 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    If you skip this read. You’re going to miss out on a very important message.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. July 11, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Beautiful and heartbreaking.it made me think of my late Rudy .

    Liked by 3 people

  11. July 11, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Reblogged this on Aarzoo Rose and commented:
    Probably one of the best read of the day! If such a simple thing could be understood by a little child, then we surely have scope of mental growth. Don’t you think? Reblogging it on https://aarzoorose.wordpress.com/

    Liked by 2 people

  12. July 14, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    This post was simply beyond words and I’ve already shared it with my family

    Liked by 2 people

  13. July 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

    A beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

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