Just A Dog

From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up, its just a dog", or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." 

They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "Just a dog." 
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog".  Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog", and not once have I felt slighted. 
Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "Just a dog".  In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "Just a dog" provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.


If you too think its "Just a dog", 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.


For me and folks like me, its not "Just a dog".  It's 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 myslef and the worries of the day.


I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog".  it's 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", smile, because they "Just don't Understand".