It started with the seizures and then took his sight and smell, the brain tumor that is! I remember holding him in my arms when I had to put him down at seven, I remember the pain, the tears and the heartache, I remember it all like it was yesterday! One of the worst days of my life, and spare me the it’s just a dog line, he was my kid and here how about this! “From time to time people tell me it’s just a dog, or that’s a lot of money to spend on a dog. They don’t understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.” Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “Just a dog.” In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it’s “Just a dog,” 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.
For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s 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 people can understand it’s not “Just the dog.” It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “Just a man” or “Just a woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog,” smile, because they “just don’t understand.” Life is a funny little bitch my friends, it isn’t just a dog, it’s so much more than that! Live every second like a dog playing with his buddies in the park because those seconds run out and this story unfortunately doesn’t have a happy ending, this ain’t hollywood! I knew a kid on our teams dad had cancer, I didn’t know his bones were breaking and he had a month to live! The next post is gonna hurt, so if you ain’t got it in you, then I’d pass it over! And I gotta quit saying ain’t and gotta, I sound like I work at Wal-Mart!!