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That lovely sentiment has been on Pinterest for a while:


just a dog - a poem

Love to be home . . . thus the screen name. Joined 2003.
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This is for everyone who cherishes the love, companionship and friendship of a dog.  Sent to me by a friend after we lost our first dog many years ago.  Enjoy.


I Am Your Dog
(Author Unknown)

I am your dog and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often not noticing the truly grand things in life.
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.

You smile at me and I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a moment of your time? That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes, to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly. Sometimes we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there,even when we must take that long sleep to run free in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow. I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just one more day with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have now together. So come sit down next to me here on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as an alpha, or as a trainer, or even as mom and dad. Come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look into one another's eyes and talk. I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even about life in general.

You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you; and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a dog on two feet; I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now, come sit with me on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes and whisper into my ears. Speak with your heart and with your joy, and I will know your true self. We may not have tomorrow, and life is so very short.

Your Dog

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@LuvMyBichonFrise   Beautiful!!

Laura loves cats!
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Thank you everyone for such good posts about our little companions. They mean so much to me and always have. In all my life, I've only had a few months with no dogs. I wasn't quite ready to get involved with another one when I had lost several to cancer and old age. But I missed having a dog so much. I have a sweet cat that got very spoiled while we were dogless. But I really missed my dogs. So I jumped back in with 2 chi chis. They are more spoiled than any other of my dogs were before, and that's saying alot. My cat didn't like the puppies at first, but they learned to get along. Now they actually play sometimes and even groom each other. Smiley Happy

So thanks again, I enjoyed everyone's posts.

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@LuvMyBichonFrise   The talking dog put tears in my eyes!

My dogs talk with their actions, tails, eyes and barks. 

Yesterday my Jack Russell, Snickers had her teeth cleaned. Due to the anesthesia she couldn’t have her snack before bed the night before.  She wouldn’t let me past her and kept spinning. I laughed at her and told her I understood.

When I picked her up at the vets her eyes were so sleepy still and she told me she needed rest. When we got home she went straight to the kitchen and looked at the dog food cabinet. She talks.

All we have to do is listen! 

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Beautiful!  My little "just a dog's" birthday is today.  He is 9 years old and still my sweet baby boy.  We are cooking him "just a steak" tonight for supper because he JUST DESERVES IT!

It isn’t how long you live that matters; it is how well you are prepared to die.
~~Col. Robert B. Thieme, Jr.
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What a great thread to read through not to mention the photos. Thanks for sharing @shortbreadlover and all the other dog lovers.

"Live frugally, but love extravagantly."
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You have written a very poetic proverb about "just a dog".  Your words are the essence of my feelings for my fur baby also!

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Thank you for finding this beautiful

tribute @shortbreadlover.💖


It's well known and even on YouTube

with a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

and Chamber Choir of London

of Rachel Fuller's beautiful Animal Requiem.


The author is Richard Bilby.







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@shortbreadlover   Wonderfully said!!!!


I have had so many hours of fun, comfort, and compassion from "just a dog"!!!!