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


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 makes me a better


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


"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."

-- Author Unknown

Jason Lyle 2016