I had a totally different post in mind for today…then I found something on Facebook and I just had to change my initial post.
Here’s a poem (thanks, Beth for sharing) that really struck a cord with me. I hope, if you have a dog, or if you just don’t get why people are so into their dogs, you’ll take a few minutes to read this…
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog” or “that’s a lot of money for a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent,k 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 probably don’t 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 into 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 “just a woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile because they “just don’t understand.”
We have three dogs in our home. It is chaotic, it is hectic, and sometimes there is dog hair everywhere. But, those dogs love us no matter what. They love unconditionally, they love us at our worst and best. They are our family, our furry kids, and we have so much love for them in our hearts too.