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Just a Dog

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, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases 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 make me a better person.

Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but 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 and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."

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


Authored by Richard A. Biby
 

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I love it. Think I'm going to print it out and make something that I can frame. It just really says it all.
 

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AmazonGold said:
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
True....how very, very true! Dogs really are all about dreams, memories, and joy. ;)

And right now, Jackie, no one knows that more than you. :)
 

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Very nice, hang in there, we're here if you need us.
 

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SO true, thanks for sharing this.

hugs to you and bill, you're in our thoughts.
 

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Oh, Jackie, that is so nice. Thanks for sharing. We all know our dogs are not "just a dog". They are a part of us and will remain so forever.
 
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That is so true. I feel that way about my dog and my horse.

Thank you for sharing...and I hope you and Bill are hanging in there.
 

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That is so true and part of what make's JL.. cause none of us would say its just a dog.
 
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