From time to time, people tell me, lighten up, it's "just a dog," that's a lot of money for "just a dog." They do not 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 when my only company was "just a dog," and 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, friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that helps to make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look happily to the future. So for me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of the hopes and dreams, fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out some of what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
Someday they may have the fortune to understand that it's not "just a dog", but something that helps gives them humanity and keeps them from being "just a person."
Next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" smile... because they "just" don't know what their missing''

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