From time to time people tell me “Lighten up it’s just a dog” or “thats 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 gently touch of “just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day. 


If you think too, 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 into the future. 

 For me and folks like me it’s not “just a dog”. It’s an embodiment of all 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 a woman”. 

So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog”, smile, because they “Just don’t Understand”. ~Author Unknown