From Time to Time 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 cost 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 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 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 person."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile, because they just don't understand."

- Anonymous

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We lost our 16 year old boy last November 28th 2008. We have adopted another little dog a little girl. She is a cocke/King Charles mix and a lovie! so sweet she is a little over a year old. we still miss Rusty a lot But Amber is helping us mend our broken hearts..She is the little one I'm holding in the picture..She is a sweetie!
A few months back someone told me that Oliver was JUST A DOG. Sure enough I had the above story, printed it and handed to this individual. I remarked "Just a Dog Huh" read this ! People can be sooooo insensitive. Oliver is part of my family, a great companion. Oliver is my best friend !
People who have never loved a dog or had a dog in their live's have no clue what they are missing. I can't imagine life without dogs. They are such a great, loving, sweet animal.

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