“Just a Dog”

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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
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 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 man or woman.”

 

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”
just smile…
because they “just don’t understand.”

Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
From the Therapy Dog Inc. News Magazine


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