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29th March 2012, 11:42 PM
Nicki ask me to post this here

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 travelled, 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 man." So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile, because they "just don't understand."

30th March 2012, 12:43 AM
Your post reminds me of this article published March 26th in the Washington Post.


We do so many things for our dogs each day, and in return they give us a very special type of love. Certainly something some people don't understand until they experience it for themselves

30th March 2012, 06:24 PM
"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy."

I believe that is why we owe them so much and must try to give them the very best care,love and attention in return

30th March 2012, 06:59 PM
I hate to hear that phrase 'just a dog' none of mine will ever be just a dog to me...no animal should be 'just' anything...

I wish all people could think like we do..

30th March 2012, 07:06 PM
Thank you for sharing this Sabby, I thought many people would like to read it and comment too.

If anyone ever says it's "just a dog" to me, then I feel sorry for them that they have never experienced the wonderful bond and love that we have shared with our dogs [and other animals]

Think how many dogs [adn again, other animals] work every day to help in all walks of life - service animals, assistance dogs, therapy dogs, cancer detection - the list is endless. That doesn't include those we have as companions who give us so much love every day, and inspire us to achieve great things.

30th March 2012, 07:43 PM
Thanks for posting this! Very eloquently put! :lotsaluv:

2nd April 2012, 01:00 PM
Hi Sabby, you have expressed exactly how I feel about the richness my dogs have brought to my life. I amn't sure if there is a God, but if there is, then he sent dogs to teach us the meaning of true love, compassion, loyalty, laughter, joie de vivre,lack of guile or vanity, and the grief to match all that when they die. I know that my happiest hours have been spent in my garden, pottering about, my dogs at my feet. They weave the little stories of their lives through ours, until we cannot tell them apart.
No point in trying to explain it to the "just a dog" people. That is, until they get one! :-)

1st May 2012, 08:03 PM
I totally understand... "just a human" but "just a dog?" ....... NEVER!!!
I was in the military for 12 yrs. Been to Iraq & Afghanistan. Lost numerous friends and men. When I lost my 2 yr old black and tan Male Teddy... I finally broke down like never before. I have never felt such grief,pain,sorrow,depression. I know exactly how you feel.
My best to you.

2nd May 2012, 12:19 PM
I love the quote "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies." The love we feel for our pets is a love that only others like us understand. A dog is not an object, it has a life and all of the love, time and effort you put in to your beloved pet is returned with kisses, cuddles, loyalty and laughs and an excited tail wag and 'jump all over you'. If you fall over, they are the first there to ensure you are okay, if you are sad, they do their best to cheer you up and when they are so very naughty....you can't stay angry. Whoever uses the term 'just a dog' is 'just sad".