A friend posted this on Facebook. I'd never seen it before, but certainly recognized the spirit of the message, and the heart of it.

Enjoy, and happy holidays to all, even puppies who bite vets when they're getting their toenails clipped.

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,

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 or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog,"

just smile - because they "just don't understand."

-- Author Unknown