Our adorable pet dog was dying..
As our pet dog Ruby was very sick, a veterinary doctor had been called in to examine the ten-year-old Dachshund. Our entire family, especially my elder son Preetham , were all very attached to Ruby, and we were hoping for a miracle.The vet examined Ruby and found he was dying of some condition which could not be reversed. He told the family that we couldn’t do anything for Ruby except to pray as the end was very near.
The sad moment….
We thought it would be good for our six-year-old son also to be aware of the fact and told him the truth. All these years Ruby had been just like a family member .With a heavy heart we surrounded Ruby and sat praying. Preetham 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, Ruby slipped peacefully away. Our little boy seemed to have accepted Ruby’s death very calmly !
A moment of reflection
As we sat together for a while after Ruby’s death, lamenting aloud of the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives, Preetham , who had been sitting quietly until then blurted out, “I know why! ” Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next left us speechless.I have never heard a more logical explanation.
And this is what he said…
He said, ”People live long so that they can learn how to be good-like caring, loving and faithful — but dogs are always like that! So they don’t need to live very long to learn to be good.” Though it sounded so simple, I realised that we had been taught a profound lesson in living that day.
Epitaph to a dog..
At that moment I was reminded of these beautiful lines from Lord Byron’s ‘Epitaph To A Dog’ : “Near this Spot are deposited the Remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices”. And, every word of it rings true…