Not sure where this came from, so if you can identify the author, please let me know. Thanks to friend-of-the-blogger, Wendy, for sending this to me.
From time to time, people tell me “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “That’s a lot o 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 slighted. 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 it’s “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 make me a better person. Because 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 an 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 the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “Just a woman.”
OK, now be honest – how many of you have a tear in your eyes after reading this?
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!