"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
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 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 --
they "just don't understand."

"Just a Dog" by Richard Biby, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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How true, all the happiest and the saddest moments of our lives include our dogs.
Beautiful! Truer words were never spoken. Thanks for sharing this.
Oh stacey the words are just so true, thank you so much for posting it, will be filing this one to share with "Just Dogs" friends. :D

For once I'm going to keep it short...I'm speechless.

Marianne and the boys
I don't often post stuff like that... but I keep reading it over and over, and it makes me miss the dogs who are gone, and cherish the ones I have with me even more. I'm really glad I found it, every time I read it I have another memory of one of the dogs I have been blessed to share some of my life with.
I'm glad you found it too, touched me big time, happy, sad all the emotions. Whoever wrote this you can see they wrote it from the heart.
beautiful piece of writin. it really captures the way we think about our dogs and how alot of people dont understand the bond that we share with our babies.

Thanks for sharing with this us!
From another OES site, this was added to give credit to the author....

"I forwarded the "Just a Dog" article to a few of my friends and received this pertinent information back from one of the recipients:

This is such a great piece and the author should certainly get credit for writing it! This is from the February '06 issue of The Versatile Hunting Dog and it's an article entitled "Just a Dog" by contributing editor Richard Biby of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Please pass this back to whomever you got it from so that this doesn't start circulating without giving praise where it's so well-deserved."
Beautifully written. I agree with Chris -truer words were never spoken.
This is so wonderful. Thank you for posting it. All of my happy and sad memories have always included one of my pooches even if they weren't the cause of the emotion. I always remember that one of my furry friends was right by my side.
Thank You!!!
Beautiful, thank you for sharing, that is so true. :wink:
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.
That was good, really good!
so sweet, I tearded up a bit
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