i had seen this poem floating around on facebook for a while and loved what it stood for. dogs are one of my biggest passions in life - they have been around me my whole life, i can't imagine life without one, and i think they are one of life's greatest blessings. if you are a dog lover like me, then you know what i'm talking about. it's ok if you don't, but i have to say you are missing out!
from time to time people tell me, 'it's 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 from '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 have been 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 it's '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, 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 into the future.
for me and folks like me, it's 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 myself and the worries of the day.
i hope that someday people can understand that it's not 'just a dog.' it's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being 'just a man or a woman.'
so the next time you hear, 'just a dog,' smile, because they 'just don't understand.'