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                                                               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 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 make 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",  just smile, because they just don't understand.

  So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog", just smile, because they just don't understand.

                            By Richard Biby, Contributing Editor (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) 
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