I was reviewing a few of my old articles written in the Sun Herald, and I just couldn't pass this one up. "Just a Dog!" I hope all of you readers enjoy some of my publications from years gone by and I know that all of you dog owners (like myself) will enjoy this one.
Recently I received a dear story from a client of mine concerning my favorite subject: dogs. I knew when I read this, I would want to share it with all of you one day. Sit back and enjoy a wonderful story concerning man's best friend.
The title is "Just A Dog," popularly attributed to "author unknown":
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, 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 a dog." It's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "Just a man or woman."
So the next time your hear the phrase "Just a dog," smile, because they "Just don't understand."
-- Author Unknown
Dr. Don Palermo, a veterinarian at Bienville Animal Medical Center in Ocean Springs, encourages questions for this column. Write to South Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, 20005 Pineville Road, Long Beach MS 39560 and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.