Friday, December 2, 2011

Irish Wolfhound Story: Learn From The Children and The Dogs. (Sweetest Irish Wolfhounds)

Sweetest Irish WolfHounds. I heard a story, maybe you have already heard it.
So Perfect.


"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.

Large Irish Wolfhound
Poster Below

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 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 has 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 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.''


Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

More like that here

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

When 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 loyal.
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.

Irish Wolfhound
click: from the calendar

Irish wolfhound

"I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?"
(Sir Walter Scott)

Irish Wolfhound Poster
More Dogs HERE and HERE

Sweetest Irish Wolfhounds:

Irish Wolfhound painting for sale HERE
along with Irish wolfhound and westie art:
White Irish Wolfhounds and Puppies

The new calendar: here
look at the cover:!

Loyal dog stories here


Dog rescue here

Poignancy Warning...sadness


  1. Absolutely priceless. That little boy is so astute!

  2. I don't have an Irish wolfhound but just by looking at them you can see their tremendous loyalty and love they have to offer if I had the space I would definitely get one

  3. I just lost my Irish wolfhound mix, and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. She waited for me everyday at the top of the stairs, and was honestly the best dog I could have every asked for. I'll miss her terribly, and no other will come close. Like the author said, it was all in her very human eyes.

  4. Anonymous- I am sorry. I know you are grieving. The love between human and dog is ineffable. there is a special post about it here: (and a nice poster of the essay--

    best to you.

  5. Wow, what an incredible little spirit. Thank you for sharing this, it brought tears to my eyes immediately. This little boy has it and I only wish there were more souls like him. Please tell your son,that I said "thank you and I am very impressed with his heart and perceptions"
    God Bless!

  6. We recently adopted a shelter dog that is a JaCairn Terrier - looks like a Irish Wolfhound. His name was Reese, but we changed it to Scruffy Brave Heart ___ (our last name).

    What to say about this little 23 pound terrier that knows no fear, bright, intelligent, fearless, brave.

    I always preferred big dogs but Scruff, at 23 pounds, I can barely walk, he is so powerful, walks like he is King of The Road!!!

    He may be a JaCairn Terrier, but he thinks he is a 200 pound Irish Wolfhound.

    What a little guy - not your "purse dog".

    Our last dog we had for 15 of his 18-19 years (another throw away).

    Scruff - well, I never thought I could fall so deeply, madly in love with a "little dog" but Scruffy Brave Heart is anything but a little yappy dog. He is a 200 pound dog trapped in a 23 pound body. Give me a link and I can download his picture..His mole count is now up to six! And the squirrels and rabbits his size don't mess with him.

    The local motorcycle gang has named him "Killer".

    Scruff is sweet underneath that tough exterior....I know when he curls up with me in bed he's wanting a kiss and good scratching. Don't you dare tell him he's a cutie, when you scratch him you say, "good dog, brave beasty boy." A 23 pound body with a 200 pound soul.

  7. Scruffy Braveheart sounds like a true treasure. You are both blessed!!