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No such thing a ‘just a dog’

Nadine Lober

This is a little story that I wanted to share with all you dog (and cat) lovers in the Vail Valley.

I would say that most of us have a pet or have close friends who have pets. We love these animals and if it were up to us we would bring everywhere with us.

It seems like quite a few of us have lost a pet in the last three months, and we are still grieving over the loss. Eventually, getting a new pet will help fill the void and develop a new friendship and bond.

A client, who had to put her beloved dog to sleep, was devastated. A close friend of hers could not understand her extreme sadness and told her to get another pet ” after all, it’s just a dog.

Having gone through a similar loss recently and experiencing the sadness and void in my heart, I found it appropriate to share with you this e-mail that I received from a veterinary colleague. I hope you enjoy it:

“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 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 man or woman.’

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

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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