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
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."