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Some of you know my story about our loss of Peaches. I received this e-mail from one of my fellow retired military friends. He did not know of my loss or even knew our Peach was part of our family. I thought it was so prolific that I want to pass it on. To those of you who have lost a companion and soul mate other than a dog; I believe if you substitute the word dog for cat, bird, rabbit, etc.  it will mean just as much to you as this did to me. God Bless.

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 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 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 woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog"
Just smile... Because they "just don't understand."
                                     FOR PEACHES
Jerry and Gwen

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Thank you for posting such a beautiful email.  I'm crying now as I read it.  I just lost my doggy Kato on Monday.  He was 14.  He was my best friend, my child, and my companion.  He was there at times I felt so low and terrible, that knowing he needed me to care about him most likely saved my life at times.  I cannot tolerate when people have remarked that he was "just a dog."  I know they just have never had the gift of loving an animal the way we here have all had, but its still hard to hear.  Its only been 4 days, yet I feel like I can't keep crying to my friends and family about Kato this, and Kato that.  I KNOW he's in a better place now, but that doesn't take my pain of missing him away right now.  He changed me and made me a better person for having him in my life.  I hope I can someday be relieved of at least a little of the pain that I'm in.


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Oh and I'm so sorry for your loss of your Peaches.  She sounds like she was a wonderful being.


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Oh Jerry I loved that! "just a dog" could go for "just a cat". Some people (my family/friends) just don't get it; i don't care if it is "just a cat" that does not mean it doesn't hurt as much, i think it is worse because to tell you the truth i like my animals much more than i do most people. Savanna had more  loyalty in her little paw than most have at all. i have grieved so much for my Savanna as you with your Peaches. I am so glad i found this site it has helped me so much to know there are others just like me who are hurting as bad or more than me. It has been 23 days since Savanna left and i can't believe she is gone. it has helped me so much putting pictures together, writing about her but i still have that hole in my heart and soul. you will be in my thoughts and prayers. your friend, Elaine

Love knows not its own

depth until the hour of separation.

                        Kahlil Gibran

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