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 from "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel lonely.
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 importance of friendship, trust and pure 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 others like me, it's not "just a dog," but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the special memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out what's great 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 self worth, and keeps me from being "just a woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile because they "just don't understand."