Just A Dog
“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 and 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 rides 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.

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.”   — Author unknown

This one, author unknown, my wife embroidered and framed. It hung in my hospital reception room as long as I practiced.

Weak Resolution
I have been through this many times before
The frosted muzzle and the staggering gait
The slow and painful rising from the floor
The peering eyes, the ears less keen of late
The cats he used to chase sit on the fence
And all but thumb their disrespectful noses,
While old jaws take a bone with gay pretense
And hide it secretly among my roses.
Bring me no other dog to fill the place
That is his own. I lose apiece of heart
With each one lost. I cannot bear to face
Another  love, another time to part.
This is the end.  Oh, let there be no more
Homeless  puppies crying at my door.