August 30th 2007 1:53 pm
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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 he 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 person". So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog", just smile, because they "just don't understand."
April 30th 2005 5:05 pm
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"If I Didn't Have Dogs...."
1. I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
2. My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
3. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of Dog hair.
4. When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like the NCDL kennels.
5. When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through dog bodies who beat me there.
6. I could sit on the couch the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.
7. I would not have strange presents under my Christmas tree - like dog bones, stuffed animals or have to answer to people why I wrap them.
8. I would not be on a first name basis with three vets.
9. The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: "out", "sit", "down", "come", "no", "stay", and "leave him/her/it ALONE."
10. My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
11. My pockets would not contain things like poo bags, dog treats and an extra leash.
12. I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L or F-R-I-S-B-E-E or W-A-L-K.
13. I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.
14. I would not look strangely at people who think having their ONE dog ties them down too much.
15. I'd look forward to Spring and the melting of the snow instead of dreading "mud season."
16. I would not have to answer the question "Why do you have so many dogs?" from people who will never have the joy in their life of knowing they are loved unconditionally by something as close to angel as they will ever get.
17. How empty my life would be...
April 8th 2005 4:53 am
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Boy is today a good day, I"M ALIVE. Yesterday was a bad day and I scared mommy and daddy to death. I have been sick with pancreatitis since Monday, and yesterday I bloated!! Mommy and the doctor thinks I bloated because of the stress of being sick. Thank god mommy is a tech in a vet clinic, I was at work with her when it all started. I started to act funny, started wretching, and obviously bloated. Mommy and the doctor tried to tube me to decompress my belly, but my belly had twisted, so that didn't work. I was prepped and went straight in for emergency surgery. It was scary. I was in surgery for over 2 hours. My belly was decompressed and was sutured to my ribcage to prevent it from twisting again. Boy was I sore when I woke up. I'm glad mommy is a tech, I was able to come home last night and sleep in my own kennel, that was comforting. I'll be really glad when I can get this IV out of my arm. Well, I have to go back to bed now and get some rest so I can get better. Woof, Woof