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

Reproduced, with permission, from a page on www.doggoneyorkies.com