Monday, February 4, 2013

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 phases 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 make 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."


Authored by Richard A. Biby

I found this just a dog on Pinterest..and of course, the muddy golden is our, beloved Tucker..even on a bad day he fills our hearts with such joy…


The pictures were taken on the ‘ranch run’ last week, by Kelly-Kelly..she captured the joy and happiness that our ‘boy’ exudes..even if he was covered in mud..


Lord have mercy!!..tell me why oh why do you do what you do Tucker???

yes, I know he’s just a dog..but a he has earned a special place in our hearts!


  1. Nothing annoys me more than when someone says "it's just a dog" or "it's just a cat"!! They are family, 4-legged kids, companions, etc. We have spent thousands on a few of our fur babies and it has been worth every cent. ;)
    Tucker is more than just a dog!! He is one awesome dude!!!

  2. I do believe Tucker and Rigg's and several other blog dogs, like Molly & Rylie & Pheebs, are more famous than their owners and people,Donna & I were at a Rally and some people we had never met walked up and said, "Is that Rigg's, Then they had to apologize because they had forgotten our names, I said don't worry he's got more friends than I do, Be safe out their , we think of you guys all the time. Sam & Donna...

  3. People who say 'it's just a dog' will never understand the love we feel for our 'just a dogs'. It's funny, but most places we go, they all know Jackson, but we are just Jackson's Mom or Jackson's Dad. Those are the kind of people I like. People who have no use for pets, and think that any pet is 'replaceable' I'm sorry but I have no use for them. The love of a dog is never replaceable, NEVER.
    How on earth did you ever get Tucker clean????? LOL

  4. Yes, having someone say, 'it's just a dog' annoys me as well. Instantly tells me something about the person saying it. Ends the conversation for me right there because I have no interest in getting to know anyone who would say that. Never met a person yet that I liked better than my dog...............

  5. Our Duchess is family. She cares when we're gone and she's so happy when we come back. She watches out for us just like we watch out for her. I'm sure some think we're crazy but we lug this 62 pound bundle of joy just about every place we go. We won't kennel her so as long as she's with us we choose her over attractions that will have to wait until she's no longer part of our life. It'll be a sad, sad day but we know it's coming sooner than later. She's not a young thing anymore.

  6. "Just a dog"--my brother said that to me not long ago and even though I am 57 and he is 51, I almost hit him! Emmi and any other dog I've ever had was a member of my family. Emmi is a beloved member of our family and yes we do go out of our way to make sure she is taken care of--babysitters, etc. The spoiled princess has never stayed longer than 7 hours by herself! You keep on spoiling that beloved Mr. Tucker (not so sure I could love him AND all that mud--but you can sure see how much fun he was having!)

  7. We know exactly what you mean only ours is a cat. People can't understand how Paul, a man, can enjoy a cat so much. Bella is part of the family, and as part of the family we both love her. Oh well, we figure, out gain; their lose.

  8. I could never think of fur kid as just a dog as she brings so much happiness into our lives everyday. Sure looks like Tucker was having a great time. Enjoyed the pictures and post.

  9. Another well expressed blog. Tucker is part of your family.

  10. Not just a dog, nope, not ours either.

  11. I couldn't agree more with that poem. My dog is always there for me, good and bad, happy and sad, up and down, sick or well... always there. Unfortunately I can't say the same for many people who have been in my life. I've never had a dog that wasn't always there for me. Best friend there is!

    Recently a friend went to a grandchild's first birthday party. Having to drive a few hours to get there, he brought his little, well behaved dog. The dog wasn't allowed in the house for fear he would "scratch the floors." He sat outside with the dog the whole party. I loved him more and thought much less of his daughter. So... there you go. :)

  12. What a lovely tribute to our furry friends! I just read a sample of a Kindle book from Amazon called "The Divinity of Dogs". You would enjoy that one. Loved the photos. Thanks for sharing.

  13. just a dog is one of the most annoying statements ever uttered..usually uttered by someone who never owned a wonderful dog...Tucker is a handsome've never really been loved unconditionally until you've been loved by a dog...:) I can't imagine life without our dogs..I look back now and realized in the last 32 years we have never ever been without a dog...or two or

  14. "Just a dog" is why I'm still typing. "Just a dog" is the reason I can get up in the morning. "Just a dog" is why I can love my husband & kids. "Just a dog" is why I can sleep at night.

    To those that don't understand the depth of love & joy "just a dog" can bring, don't even try...just rejoice that others do, for without "just a dog" they wouldn't be worth knowing either.

  15. Beautiful. I'll keep and love my "just a dog" as long as God lets me.

  16. What a wonderful post. You already know how I feel about dogs so I will just say how much I enjoyed all the joyous photos of Tucker. I love seeing the fur kids having so much fun. We could take a lesson from them in learning to let go and just enjoy the moment.

  17. Oh, Tucker! I'm thinking a B-A-T-H is coming your way soon. :) And I agree with the author, there's NO such thing as "just" a dog. What sad people those must be who actually there is.

  18. Those who have never enjoyed having "just a pet" will never understand.

  19. butterbean carpenterFebruary 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Well, just a kid!!! Some kids could take lessons in obedience from a dog!!! We've had long-lived dogs and when they go to the Rainbow Bridge, to wait for us, we miss them a whole lot; one was 19 y.o., 2 were 17 y.o., one was only 6 y.o., but got in the car's way while backing up, but we loved them like we love our grand-kids, very much!!! We've had many cats on the ranch and feel badly when one dies or gets killed; we've also kept 3 vet's families eating regularly !!! It's NOT JUST A DOG; LIKE IT'S NOT JUST A KID!!!

  20. I could write a book and someday may about my just a dogs. My big goof Sir Coal, my girl Heidi that would sit on the bed and tell me about her day every night, my beautiful prissy husky Misty, my total love Duke, aka Doodle Bugs and now my raschalian Riggins. I pity those that have never experienced what I have.

  21. Yes Tucker, you look good in that mud. I myself am a big fan of mud. Loved todays Post....or well, yesterdays post cause I am a day late....


  22. A dog will give you unconditional love....That's what I love about them...and they sense when you are sick or in pain...amazing animals..Tucker cracks me up..

  23. Molly came running over to me when she heard me squealing, "Oh what a mud puppy Tucker is!" She would probably join in the fun with him. She is such a tom boy, plays with all of the big guys in the RV park from 75 lb. Labs to a huge German Long Hair that towers over her! She would love to rough and tumble with Tucker! LOL
    Hugs to you both,
    Kathy & Molly the Golden


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