For many of us, dogs are truly family members.

We found this writing from 1965 by Richard A. Animals. It’s just as true today as it was almost 70 years ago.

Enjoy all of our joyful dog lovers.

Just a Dog

From time-to-time people tell me “chill out, it’s just a dog” or “it’s a lot of money just for a dog.”

They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time invested, or the costs incurred by “Just a Dog”.

Some of my proudest moments have occurred with “Just a Dog.”

Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a Dog”, but not for one moment did I feel regret with my companion.

Some of my saddest moments have been because of “Just a Dog,” and on those gray days, the gentle touch of “Just a Dog” gave me comfort and the reason to get through the day.

If you also think “it’s Just a Dog”, then you’ll 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.

For “Just a Dog” I will get up early, take long walks and look forward to the future.

So for me and people like me, it’s not “Just a dog,” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the memories of the past, and the absolute joy of the moment.

“Just a Dog” brings out the good in me and takes my thoughts away from myself and daily worries.

I hope one day they can understand that it’s not “Just a Dog”, but the one that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a Dog”, just smile to yourself because you know that it’s never “Just a Dog”.

“Just A Dog,” by Richard A. Animals.

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