“No Matter how little money and how few possessions, 
you own, having a dog makes you rich.”

Please take the time to read this beautiful poem:


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 will probably not understand phrases

like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,”

”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,

take 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.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.”

just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”