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It’s 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 phases 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.”

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