Monday, April 22, 2013

Just A Dog

Just A Dog

From time to time I hear this phrase. "It's just a dog." or I hear, "Why do you worry so much, she's just a dog."

To all those people out there who may have said this to me over the years, I want you to know that some of my... proudest moments have come about with what you refer to as "just a dog."

Many hours have passed happily when my only company was with what you refer to as "just a dog." When people have let me down and I've felt so alone, it was what you refer to as, "just a dog" that reminded me of her unconditional love and everlasting friendship.

In those days of darkness, it was the gentle touch of what you refer to as "just a dog" that gave me comfort and support to overcome the hardest days. And what you refer to as "just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

You see, for me, she'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. This 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 very thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being, "Just a person."

From my book, "Forever Friends" ~Marty
Photo shown is of my little dog Katie, my best friend and canine soul mate.
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  1. Well put, Marty! I hate when people say that too. Makes me a little leery of them, the people I mean.

  2. My ex-father-inlaw was one of those people. I loved my black & white springer spaniel more than life itself. His name was Logan and the smartest, most intuitive dog I have ever owned. I lived in MD on the Eastern Shore for 25 years where there are plenty of chicken houses. They put out rat poison around them and Logan ate some. I did not know why he died until 10 years ago when my second springer died of the same symptoms, from rat poison my dad had put in his shop. Vets tried to save them both. My cocker spaniel also passed several years ago so I am now alone. I am now thinking of getting another spaniel. Also, what a great tribute to your Mom. My mom was not much of a cook but my grandmother was. I have all her recipes as well. I love her handwritten ones and my favorite one is the one she cut off of a Piggly Wiggly grocery bag for cream cheese pound cake! May God bless your projects.


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