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JUST A DOG - A Poem

April 21, 2009 | By Heather

I dedicate this poem to all of those family members of mine (and maybe yours, too), who JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. Enjoy, my fellow dog lovers . . . . .


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."

Authored by Richard A. Biby
Connie G.
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Connie G.
5 years ago

I commend you on writing this poem. It is beautiful and you are so right. Just a dog is what every person on this good earth needs as long as they can understand that it's a part of the family and not just a pet. My heart goes out to all those people that don't know what they are missing and pity to those that abuse them (along with my anger). Good job.

Have a great day.

Gavin C.
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Gavin C.
5 years ago

A beautiful addition to the group Heather, thanks for brightening my day and inspiring me!

karla w.
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karla w.
5 years ago

your poem was great! good job.

Gleb S.
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Gleb S.
5 years ago

This is the right place for poetry. Aussies are so poetic... Mine howls in rhythms all the time :)

Chris W.
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Chris W.
5 years ago

Hi, I loved the poem. I'm a pet sitter and board dogs in my home. When my mother died last year, it was those dogs that gave me the solice I needed. Just to be able to hug and love on a dog made me feel so much better. There's nothing like a dogs love and the joy they bring into our lives!
Chris Wagner
Folsom, Ca

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