Dog’s Purpose Explained

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A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6-year-old). …..

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 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 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 have 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, right?” The Six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Dog's Purpose Explained

Of course, there are some dogs who really need to stick around for awhile.

Dog’s Purpose Explained


Poster Contest Concerns Dog Licenses

Poster Contest Concerns Dog Licenses — Pennsylvania first through sixth graders are invited to enter a poster contest to raise awareness about the importance of dog licensing as part of “Dog License Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, says State Rep. Jim Cox.

The poster contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private or home school. Students involved with a sponsoring 4-H club or scouting organization may also participate. The poster must reflect the theme “License your dog. It’s his ticket home,” and also include the website

Judging will be based on effective communication of the theme and importance of the dog license law and creativity. The deadline tis April 30.

State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed each year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.

Don’t Give The Dog A Bone — Or Fat

Don’t Give The Dog A Bone — Or Fat
You know not to give dogs chocolate.
And you know not to give him raisins and grapes and garlic and onions.

And you may not know to give dogs macadamia nuts but don’t as they are very, very bad for them.

What you almost certain don’t know is that you should never give your dog a bone as bones can splinter in his digestive system.

And really never give your dog fat trimmings either. It can cause pancreatitis. It’s very bad.

Here is a slide show of things you should not give dogs, and even a few things you can. Rice is good. So are carrots, lean cooked meat — never give dogs uncooked food — and apples without seeds.


Don’t Give The Dog A Bone — Or Fat

Jerky Treats Sicken Pittsburgh Dogs

JJerky Treats Sicken Pittsburgh Dogserky Treats Sicken Pittsburgh Dogs –Remember, your best little buddy is better off eating your Christmas dinner than jerky snacks made in the PRC.

The Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners and veterinarians to call them if their pet has become sick after eating jerky pet treats, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

At least 3,600 dogs have been sickened since 2007 and 580 of those pets died.

Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders, a product made in China and distributed by Nestle Purina is specifically mentioned.

The FDA is taking complaints at 877-689-8073


Jerky Treats Sicken Pittsburgh Dogs, Some killed

Animal Fighting Paraphernalia Vote In Pa. House

Animal Fighting Paraphernalia Vote In Pa. House — The Pennsylvania House passed legislation last week to protect animals by addressing an aspect of animal fighting, reports state Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). House Bill 164 would create the offense of possession of animal fighting paraphernalia, which would be defined by any device, implement, object, facility, space or drug used, or intended to be used, for animal fighting or to train an animal for fighting.

Possession of animal fighting paraphernalia would be graded as a third-degree misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. If enacted, the law would aid in the prosecution of animal fighters since investigators often find the tools of the trade rather than an animal fight in progress.

The bill is in the Senate for consideration.

Animal Fighting Paraphernalia Vote In Pa. House

Dog License Awareness Month

Dog License Awareness Month — March has been designated as “Dog License Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). As part of the observance, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a poster contest for students in first through sixth grades, calling on them to create a poster about the importance of dog licensing.

The grand prize winner will receive a $20 cash prize and his or her poster will be featured on the cover of the 2014 Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book. The deadline for submitting a poster is April 30.

State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed each year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed animal. An annual dog license costs $8.45 and a lifetime license is $51.45. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.45 and the lifetime license is $31.45. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.

Dog licenses can be purchased from a county treasurer or another licensing agent, including retail stores and veterinarian offices. They can also be purchased online, in some cases.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s dog licensing law or the poster contest, the deadline for which is April 30, please visit


Dog License Awareness Month

Cat From Heaven

Cat From Heaven — There was once a kindly old priest who had a small kitten. Unfortunately, the cat climbed up a tree and was afraid to come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the priest was inspired to try something else. He tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down.

He tried to reach the kitten, but the tree was still too high from the ground. So he pulled the tree further from his car, but alas, the rope broke. The tree suddenly uncoiled itself and sprung back into an upright position, flinging the cat into the air and out of sight with high velocity.

The old priest felt terrible! He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten, but nobody had. With nothing more to be done, he offered a prayer and commended the cat into the hands of the Lord.

A few days later, the old priest was in the grocery store and met one of his parishioners. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. The woman was not particularly regarded as an animal lover, so he inquired about the reason for the cat food.

The woman explained that her youngest daughter had been nagging her for a pet kitten for some time. After repeatedly denying the child’s requests, the exasperated woman finally informed the girl that the only way she would ever get a cat is if God Himself would deliver one. Just then, she said, a cat came flying out of the sky, with its paws outstretched, and landed right front of her!

Wonder of wonders? Miracles of miracles? Never underestimate the Power of God – nor His unique sense of humor!

“How great are Your works O Lord, in wisdom You have made them all!” (Psalm 104:24) Remember, anyone can count the seeds in an apple; but only God can count the apples in a seed.

Hat tip Father James Hayer


Cat From Heaven


Cat From Heaven

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