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I posted this on Facebook, not many could really connect. I am thinking that I probably should have just posted here. Love this:
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 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."
 

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What a great quote - thanks for sharing! We've been getting an awful lot of "just a dog" moments since Rosie's cancer diagnosis. I can't imagine life without my "just a dogs" - it would be awfully boring, I would laugh less, and I wouldn't have nearly the joy I have right now :)
 

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I posted this on Facebook, not many could really connect. I am thinking that I probably should have just posted here. Love this:
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 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."
Patrice,
Thank you so much for the information regarding 'just a dog'. I lost my golden last week and have had some very sad and empty days since.... I originally had dinner plans with some people tonight but cancelled....why did I cancel? Because I knew at least 2 of them would have told me to 'lighten up - it's just a dog'! In my emotional state I would not have taken that comment gracefully and the evening would have been a disaster. The words you posted are SO true and I pity those who have never had the bond and unconditional love that a dog brings to our human lives. Anyone who ever speaks the words 'just a dog' just doesn't get it...and probably never will.
 

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Thanks for sharing!
My "just a dog" was the same as "just a child". He was my baby, he was a member of our family, he went everywhere with us and shared all of our moments with us over 8 of the best years of my life. It's nice to have "just a dog".
 

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Wow! That was wonderful! I loved the photography. I especially liked the one with the snow and the trail, and the ones of the glorious goldens. I played it several times. Thanks.
 
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Patrice

PATRICE:

Thank you so much for posting this here!
I agree with Carolina Mom (Sandy), anyone who would say this has no idea what they are missing out on not having a dog. A dog is the MOST PRECIOUS GIFT!!
All of us here understand!!
 

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So wonderful - When we lost Sophie, my teaching partner (and dear friend) sent an email to our staff, making sure that everyone understood that to me, she was anything but "just a dog."
 

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Wow, that was beautiful-the poem and the video. Truly we are all blessed to have known and know the love of our dogs and the incredible relationships we have all had. Thank you for sharing.
 
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