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."
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
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."
dog" brings into my life the very essence of
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
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,
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
myself and the worries of the day.
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
man or woman."
So the next time you hear
the phrase "just a dog"
because they "just don't understand."
Written by an unknown Doctor of
From the Therapy Dog Inc.