Just a dog

2007-09-28

This is beautiful!

 Just a Dog

By Richard A. Biby

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 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.”

 

 

 

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