Nimh Kennel
Rat Terriers

May 9th, 2010

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, time spent, or costs involved for
“Just a dog.”  Some of my proudest moments
have come about with “Just a dog.”  Many
hours have passed with my only company
being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt
sligted.  Some of my saddest moments
were 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 its “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.  “Just a dog” brings out
the compassion and patience that makes
me a better person.  Beacuse of “Just a dog”
I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to 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
it’s not “Just a dog.”  It’s he 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,” smile, because they “Just Don’t

-Author Unknown


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