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From time to time I hear people say "Its Just a Dog", or that's a lot of money for "Just a dog". They don't understand the mutual bond, companionship, pride, joy, loyalty, unconditional love, miles traveled together, time spent, or money spent for "Just a Dog".

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a Dog". I have spent countless hours where my only company was "Just a Dog", and not once did I ever feel slighted, embarrassed or uncomfortable.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "Just a Dog", and in my days of darkness, the gentle touch of "Just a Dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you too think its "Just a Dog", then you will probably have heard other meaningless phrases such as "Just a Friend", or perhaps "Just a Promise" or even "Just Family".

"Just a Dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and companionship, riddled with unbridled joy. "Just a Dog" brings out the compassion and patience that help to make me a better person.

Because of "Just a Dog" I will rise early and take long walks, and look longingly into the future.

"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, everyone will understand that its not "Just a Dog", but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "Just a Person".

For me and folks like me, its not "Just a Dog", but an embodiment of the hopes and dreams of the future, and fond memories of the past, as well as the pure joy of the moment. So the next time you hear someone say "its Just a Dog", just smile, because they "Just don't Understand".

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