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JUST A DOG - A Poem

April 21, 2009 | By Heather | 17 comments

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
Comments (17)
jackie
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jackie
4 years ago

your poem was wonderful if it werent for my fab 7 id have just a life they all make life sooooooooooo special

Gleb S.
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Gleb S.
4 years ago

I just looked through your homepage. This is wonderful - you rescued and keep so many problem dog... One is already hard and you have at least two... And both are Aussies... Good luck.

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