“Just A Dog” – Author Unknown

I’ve read this wonderful poem before, but it really spoke to me again today as I get to know my precious puppy more and more and as I watch my aging elder dog slow down a little more almost every day, it seems.  They have been magic in my life and have loved me when I didn’t feel loved by anyone else.

Dogs are truly a gift from God above!

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 traveled,
the time spent,
or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed, and my only
company was “just a dog,”
but I did not once feel slighted.

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 probably
won’t 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 makes me a better person.

Because of “just a dog,” I will rise early,
long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me
and folks like me, it’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.

“Just a 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 thing that gives me humanity and

keeps me from being “just a man or woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,”
just smile — because they “just don’t understand.”

– Author Unknown

Author: DK

Blogger at My Five Fs (Faith - Family - Food - Fotos - Fun) and Animal Wonder. Empty-nester that now shares life with my hubby and our two standard poodles. Enjoys camping in our RV, taking and editing photos, trying new low-carb recipes, baking pretty decorated cookies for special occasions, walking daily, spending time with family and friends when we can, playing with the dogs, and is grateful to God for every single day of this blessed life and for the opportunity to share and connect with some great people here.

8 thoughts on ““Just A Dog” – Author Unknown”

  1. My Boston Terrier, Sherry, was the runt of her litter. In 2005 she saved my life when I had an idiopathic brain aneurysm. She out lived her life expectency until I could walk on my own. Spell goD backwards.


      1. I lived alone in Gulfport, MS. My son was @Ole Miss. I didn’t get up. My\dog Sherry ran in & out her dog door barking, for HOURS. FINALLY a neighbor stopped, Another hour & I would have died, There is a poem on the net about doG is GOD spelled backwards. Sherry died of old age. Am in an assisted living now where U cant have pets here. I’d like VERY much to find the poem.


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