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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 human."

 So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile,  because they "just don't understand."

                                  Authored by: Richard A. Biby
Former Pup
"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog." M.K. Clinton
"The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it."  M. Houellebeca