Just a Dog

Last Updated: 01/05/2016 Print Back to Articles

From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up", it's "just a dog", or "That's a lot of money for "just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "Just a dog". Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog". Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog" and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "Just a dog." In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "Just a dog provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think its "Just a dog: you will probably understand the phrases like "Just a friend," "Just a sunrise," or "Just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "Just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

For me and folks like me, it's not "Just a dog." It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me & diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog." Its the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "Just a man or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase, "Just a dog", smile, because they, "Just don't UNDERSTAND."