I'd like to thank my dear friend, Angie MacGowan for passing this a long to me. It was too good not to share...
JUST A DOG
From time to time people tell me "Lighten up, it's just a dog, "or "That's alot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come a bout with "just a dog." Many hours have passed with my only company being "just a dog, " and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "just a dog." In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.
If you too think it's "just a dog," 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 makes me a better person. Because of "just a dog," I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
For me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog". It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memory 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 the worries of the day.
I hope that someday people can understand it's not "just a dog." It's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man or woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "Just a dog," smile, because they "just don't understand".