The Canine Collection of Poems

Just A Dog

For all of my animal lover friends....

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, itís just a dog," or, "thatís a lot of money for just a dog.

They donít 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 itís "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, itís 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 whatís good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that itís 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 donít understand.

by Richard Biby

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