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Many of you may have read this before and it can certainly be applied to any of our beloved pets:

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." – Unknown


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."

Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 
From the Therapy Dog Inc. News Magazine


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Thank you so much Mary. I think I'll print this out. And when others "just don't understand"... I'll "just" hand them this. God bless.


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Oh Mary,
I just love it. I am not too excited to start my new day with tears, but these were well worth it. For "just a dog" anytime.

Thank you,
Ginger's dad, 4+ months


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Dear Mary,  Thanks for sharing.  I love this. 

Love,  Diane, Mom of Miss Dallas at the bridge almost 8 years

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Wow that is so beautiful and touching. It is so hard now living each day without "Just a Dog". and hearing people not understand that 8 months later I cry and mourn.
 Thank you
Hugs and Blessings

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I love it!  I did change the wording to "Just a bunny"!! 



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Thanks for posting this!!!!
For me there is no such thing as "just a dog".  My sweet Bonnie taught me more love and compassion and tenderness than most "just a person" ever did.
I loved(and still do and always will) my "just a dog" a lot more than I have "some people" I know.  I feel sorry for anyone who thinks it is "just a dog" because they truly have never known true love and devotion.
Thanks again for posting. 
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