Just a Dog

I – for those of you who think I’ve lost my mind with the whole dog thing. LOL!

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, 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 it’s “just a dog,” 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 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 and 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.” It’s 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.”

-Author Unknown

Oh, also… check out this article on the New York Times about how people who have dogs tend to exercise more. 😀

2 Comments

  1. Christine
    Mar 19, 2011

    I get the same thing about my “Just a cat” — some people just don’t understand. Those of us that do? Well, we get it!

  2. Jessica
    Mar 24, 2011

    The people who say “Just a dog” are clearly the people who have never been blessed with the pure unadulterated love of a canine companion. Those who have not had the comfort of a snuggle on a really bad day.

    I could go on, but I won’t, because I’m sure you know what I mean :)

    Really great essay you found by the way!

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