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. So the next time you hear the phrase just a dog, just smile, because they just don’t understand. ~ from Musings ~ by Richard Biby
Grow Old with Dogs
When I am old...
I will wear grey sweatshirts,
and a bandanna over my silver hair,
and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.
I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair and listen to my dogs breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run,
if my old bones will allow.
When people come to call...
I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs...
and talk of them and about them;
the ones so beloved of the past
and the ones so beloved today.
Iwill still work hard cleaning after them, mopping and feeding them and whispering
their names in a spot loving way.
I will wear the gleaning sweat on my throat, like a jewel
and I will be an embarrassment to all... especially my family...
who have not yet found the peace in being free to have dogs as your very best friend.
These friends who will always wait at any hour,
for your footfall...
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep,
to greet you as if you are a God.
With warm eyes full of adoring love
and hope that you will always stay,
I'll hug their big strong necks...
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads...
and whisper in the very special company.
I look in the Mirror.... And i see I am getting old.
This is the kind of person I am and have always been.
Loving dogs is easy, they are a part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives...
they love my presence in their lives.
When I am old, this will be important to me.
You will understand when you grow old...
if you have dogs you love too.