Why must our beloved dogs' lives end much sooner than our own?
It feels like they are no sooner here and then they are gone.
"I know why," a child innocently told me outright.
"People are born so they can learn how to live a good life,
like loving everbody and being nice, right?
Well dogs already do that," the child went on,
"so they don't have to stay here for very long."