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Black & White Sunday – ‘Just a Dog’

Beautiful "Just a Dog" poem-

How many times have we all heard this phrase, “It’s just a dog…”. I took this peom, originally believed to be written by Richard Biby and included it with a puppy photo of Lola.

It reads,

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 travelled, 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 aobut 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 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 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 its’ not “just a dog”
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
“just a man” or “just a woman.”

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

Our dogs, Lola and Rio are our lives and this poem couldn’t be any more fitting.

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  1. January 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    I’ve read this before and it is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing it today. And the photo of puppy Lola is dear. Happy B&W Sunday.

    • January 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm — Reply

      I love it! I have seen it before as well but had to dig a little to find out who wrote it. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. January 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    I love this poem. It’s one of my all time favorites. Thanks for sharing it.
    Lola is a stunning dog!

    • January 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm — Reply

      Thanks so much, Marquie!

  3. January 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    This has to be one of my favorite pieces of writing. Thanks for sharing it! (Tail wags to Lola!)

    • January 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm — Reply

      Hi Jen! I’m in love with it as well 🙂

  4. January 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm — Reply

    Many Times and LOVE that poem. Created one too (Golden version) …
    Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • January 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm — Reply

      Hi there! Love your version, too! Thanks for saying hi 🙂

  5. January 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm — Reply

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    • January 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm — Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Christina!

  6. January 13, 2014 at 9:07 am — Reply

    What a great photo and poem!

    • January 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm — Reply

      I love it! Thanks, Rachel

  7. January 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    I just love this poem and I tell Boomer and Dottie all the time that they are “my little every things.”

    • January 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm — Reply

      Awe! It’s true – they are our everything!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. May 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    Today, I had to hep my 16yr old dachshund over the rainbow bridge. This made me think of all those comments I too have heard. He wasn’t just a dog but my heart and best friend. Thank you for such encouraging words on one of the saddest days of my life. I’ll miss Kobe forever

    • May 17, 2015 at 8:35 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Teresa. They hold such a special place in our hearts. Rest in peace, Kobe.

  9. Lindsay
    May 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    Hello! I am curious how you formed the black and white picture with Lola and the poem.

    That is one of my favorite poems and I wanted to do the same thing with my dog in the background but did not know how or what program. If you could let me know that would be wonderful.

    Thanks so much,

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