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 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 human.”

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

Authored by Richard A. Biby