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Just a Dog...
 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, nor the costs involved for
"just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with
"just a dog."  Hours have passed when my only company was "just a dog,"
but not once did I feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brightened 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 makes 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 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 everyone can understand that it's
not "just a dog," but 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,"
just smile -- because they "just don't understand."