Dogs beautifully capture the profound bond of what happens between humans and our furry companions.

In this heartfelt piece from 1965 by Richard Biby, he beautifully shares why a dog is never just a dog. Enjoy.

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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