Just a Dog.


Amongst my many passions in life animals come high on the list. You may have read the article about the illness of my ‘German Shepherd’ and how I am convinced that the ‘Reiki’ energy gave him the strength and determination to survive.

A few years have since passed. He is showing his age now, grey around the muzzle, needing more care and expecting it! You see Reader! With advancing years he is wiser and smarter, having become aware of just how much he is valued and loved. Anyone who has owned a ‘German Shepherd’ will know, that they ‘think’ and usually ‘think’ they know better than the owner!

Every now and again I am asked about the health of my dog, now and again I hear, “It’s Just a dog”. At such times my thoughts go to this ‘story poem’ that I share with you.


 “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 I would travel, the

time I would give or the money I would gladly pay for “Just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.”

Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog”

and not once have I felt slighted.

In days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog,” provides comfort

and purpose to overcome the day.

Some of my saddest moments have been the loss of “Just a dog”.


If you too, think it’s “Just a dog,” you will probably understand phrases like,

“Just a friend,” or  “ Just a sunrise,” or  “Just a promise.”

“Just a dog,” brings into my life the very essence of loyalty, trust, friendship

and pure unbridled joy.

“Just a dog,” nurtures our care, our patience, our compassion and helps

us to be  better people.

Because of, “Just a dog,” we will ‘rise’ early, take long

walks and look to the future.


For me, and folks like me, it’s not, “Just a dog,” It’s the embodiment of

many hopes and dreams, fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog,” brings out what is good in us, diverts our thoughts away

from ourselves and the ‘niggles’ of every day life.


I hope that someday people can understand it’s not. “Just a dog.”

It’s just one of the wonderful creatures that give us humanity …

and keep many from being, “Just a woman,” or “Just a man.”

So the next time you hear the phrase, “Just a dog,” smile because ‘they’

“Just Don’t Understand.”