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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 travelled, 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 companion 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 the 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 is 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 man”.  So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog” – just smile because they ‘Just don’t understand.”

Musings by
Richard Biby