Dogs are amazing companions for millions of people around the globe.
This week, I am sharing a very touching passage from 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 travelled, 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 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’ or ‘just a woman.’
So the next time you hear the phrase ‘just a dog,’ just smile, because they ‘just don’t understand.'”
Love is the solution.
Earth Dr. Reese Halter is the author of “The Insatiable Bark Beetle.”