The story begins with the rescuers finding this poor little guy that someone had already taken under their wing but weren’t equipped to adopt;
so Ralphie, scared and nearly starved, joined the rescuers...
You wouldn’t think anything could live through this...
but this little lady did...
Dog #2... scared, but safe
and no longer alone!
Add two more beagles...
The more the merrier...
Hmmmmm – a new traveler is added to the mix... (note the cat coming over the seat to visit) – how is this going to work???
It’s going to work just fine, thank you!
Life is Good!
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 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.”
So the next time you hear the phrase, “just a dog,” just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”
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