March 26th 2011 9:35 pm
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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 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 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 man or woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile... because they "just don't understand."
by Richard Biby Tulsa, Oklahoma
Contributing Editor VHD From "The Versatile Hunting Dog” NAVHDA’s Magazine February 2006
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Mama heard that so so many times when I needed my hip replaced. Glad she never thought of me as "just a dog" or I would've left this life a lot earlier than I did, which was still way too early for Mama.
aww...we are not "just a dog" we are family!!
For my Mommy, I was 'just her best friend'!
she's not just a dog. :) don't listen to folks who say that - they will never understand.