" Tempus Fugit "


Monday, September 21, 2009


From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog" or "That's a lot of money just for 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 didn't 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 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, 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".

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