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Just a dog

This is a piece that we have had for ages and it is also how we feel about all our pets not only the dogs.

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 travelled, 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


"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 or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog"

Just smile...

Because they "just don't understand."

Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

From the Therapy Dog Inc. News Magazine

Take care and kindest regards


9 Replies

Afternoon Terry,

That is "just so right".

Our relationships with our animals are much deeper than some people understand, but your piece hits the spot perfectly.

Thank you :-)

Foggy x


I kept getting up to go look for my `just a dog` every time she left the room yesterday, cus she was not very well. :( She is back to normal today. :)


Thank you for that, it was entertaining, not too mention exceedingly accurate!

Take care



many a true word is spoken in jest :)


so true :)


this is very true it was also entertaining


Hi Terry, I have just read this and agree totally. I am on the look out for another wee dog, after my pup died in an accident I swore there would be no more. I really miss having one around giving me gentle nudges when I feel sorry for myself and taking my mind of my aches and pains with their antics.....Thank you for this latest one. Susan :)


H Susan

When you go looking for a dog think about a rescue dog, there are rescue centres for just about any kind of breed as well as the grand old english mongrel. Think about something small, we rescued a Cocker Spaniel and she is manic, although only 17 months old she is still a puppy and has not reached maturity she does get to much for us at times.

We have had Shih-Tzu's for years now and go to the SHih-Tzu rescue for our dogs, we chose these as they have such a great temperament with adults, children and usually other dogs and cats.

All dog are good company, our crazy cocker loves a cuddle and whenever she wakes from a sleep she runs around giving us all a cuddle just to let us know she is back, she really loves a cuddle even though she is a larger dog.

I am going to go as I feel like a dog salesman now.

Take care and kindest regards



I love this and it's so true, I now have 3 dogs and a cat and would be lost without them. my oldest dog has as the same health issues as me poor sod


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