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27 June 2007 @ 09:32 am
Not "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 person."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile, because
they "just don't understand."
 
 
独りきりの猫: Puppies!neko_no_kioku on June 27th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
I have dealt with the same thing. My two girls are like my kids and mean the world to me (especially for someone who doesn't plan on having children). I couldn't imagine my life without them. When other people see me talking to them or interacting with them like they are small, furry people (which is exactly what they are), I can tell they are bemused. A friend of my mom's even told me that in his culture a dog is seen as another tool, something meant to guard and protect, not be a member of the family. But the bond I have with my dogs is something no one else can change or take away. It's good to know other people feel the same way.
Kimkimbalynne on June 27th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
Lately I've had a lot of people commenting how I'll feel differently about the dogs once the baby comes (I'm 21 weeks pregnant). I've also had people tell me I'm crazy for getting a puppy so soon before the baby. I say screw them! Baxter is my 1st baby, as furry as he may be. And even though we've only had Bailey for a little over a week, the love we have for her is amazing!
hotch: lickinghanbnan on June 27th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
That is lovely - did you write it? I totally agree - Fig is probably the reason I am still alive today... she kept me going during a time when I had no other reason to get out of bed, other than to take her outside to do her poopies. :-)
Kimkimbalynne on June 27th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
No, I found it on another message board, but I know most Boston owners feel the same way about their dogs!
That Lynda Girl: molly sleepingmisslaurapalmer on June 27th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
That is so true! Thanks for posting this.
c'est moisarainc on June 28th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
credits to:

Richard A. Biby, North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Magazine
Kimkimbalynne on June 28th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Like I said, it was posted on another message board so I wasn't quite sure where it came from :)
tini_smomtini_smom on July 2nd, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this post and couldn't agree more! Some people just don't know what they're missing :~)