Sauder's West Highland Terriers

lovable wee lads and lasses

"Just A Dog"

Why a Dog??


From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up it is 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 past 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 makes 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 human."

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile… because they “just don’t understand.”