Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DDF PSA ~ Just a Dog

Someone emailed this to me this morning and I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it with you. It makes me think of a conversation the other day that I had with a coworker who insists that spay/neuter surgeries should be done off the back of a pickup truck in her farm yard. *sigh* I wish I could reach the people who think like that but I wonder if I ever could?

JUST A DOG - Author unknown

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". So the

next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile, because they "just

don't understand".


GoLightly said...

It just isn't just.

The carelessness haunts me.

Anny said...

Thanks for sharing this. Its beautiful.

chief scribe said...

I agree. It isn't "just a dog." It's a loyal forever friend. I still remember dogs that my sister owned and lost and I had the pleasure of knowing, namely Cooper and Roxie.

Dog Mama said...

Hubby takes Jasmine to work when he does heavy equipment training. Everybody loves having her there and when she doesn't come they all ask where she is.

Jerry says she's his 'conflict resolution center'. They laugh.

Bottom line is, they love having her there because her presence makes things feel more humane.