People who don’t have pets, can’t understand the love a person can have for a dog, a cat, or any other type of animal. It seems that the human condition is always up, and that loving an animal as a child is an irrational exaggeration.
It’s not necessary to have a pet at home to care for. However, having a pet in the family is a big responsibility, which implies a number of commitments that we must fulfill. No doubt they reward you every day, and we take care of them effortlessly.
For all those people who have difficulty understanding these relations, the writer Richard A. Biby wrote a very interesting poem around this subject. The poem is dedicated to all dogs in general, but also to all those who don’t understand it. We hope that after reading the poem, there is no doubt that your friend “is not just a dog”:
From time to time people tell me “relax, it’s just a dog” or “it’s a lot of money just for a dog”. They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time invested or the costs incurred by “just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments happened with “just a dog.”
Many hours passed being my only company “just a dog”, but not for a single moment I felt despised. Some of my saddest moments were for “just a dog,” and on those gray days, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me the comfort and reason to spend the day.
If you also think “it’s just a dog,” then you’ll probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.” “Only a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure and unbridled joy. “Only a dog” brings the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
For “just a dog,” I’m getting up early, going for long walks and looking forward to the future. So for me, and for people like me, it is not “just a dog,” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the memories of the past and the absolute joy of the moment. “Only a dog” brings good in me and diverts my thoughts away from me and the daily worries.
hope one day you can understand that it’s not “just a dog”, but what gives me humanity and prevents me from being “just a human”. So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” you just smile because you “just don’t understand.”
Richard A. Biby
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