Monday, 15 September 2014

Well someone is celebrating her 2nd Gotcha Day today.

When I lost Song so suddenly, I didn't think another dog would ever heal my heart, but I was wrong. 

I leave you with:

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 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 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.


  1. I can't believe it's already been two years! Celebrate big, Polly!

  2. Happy Birthday to Polly. I understand your post very well, as our DD lost 2 of her greys to cancer. She didn't think she'd get another dog after losing the 1st one, but very shortly she did. Then came a 3rd one (also lost to cancer some years later). It's very personal, as these pets become very much a part of your family. Loss is never easy, and a new dog doesn't replace the old one...just adds another place in your heart. Her 2nd dog is over 14 yrs now, still hanging in there. Gets acupuncture for arthritis, but otherwise doing fine. TFS & you & Polly have a wonderful day. Hugs

  3. houndstooth, I know. I was looking at photos of when I got Polly and she is much white on her face now. Must be the stressful life she has:) LOL

    MaryH, Polly's birthday is actually 1st March. She will be 8 next March.

    Don't worry, Polly has been spoiled rotten, as she always is:)

  4. Happy gotcha day young Polly. You certainly fell on your paws the day your mum took you home. NO DOG IS JUST A DOG... They are mini worlds of wonder.
    Happy days young Polly :-) X X X

  5. Soggiebottom, Yep, she sure did:)

  6. Well stated......BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. The words you wrote are very poetic and profound. Thanks for sharing them with's never just a dog! The white on Polly echoes what Power is doing on his face, but he and Polly are happy and living well!
    Happy second Gotcha Day, Polly and Sue!

  8. Well Happy Birthday Polly and what fun pictures you have shared.

    Hugs Diane

  9. Hazel, I can't take credit for the words. Someone sent the verse to me ages ago.

    Diane, It's not Polly's birthday. Her birthday is 1st March. a lot of rescue dogs have to combine their birthday with their Gotcha Day, as their birthday isn't known.

  10. Happy Happy 2nd Gotcha Day!!! Boy the time has flown by.

  11. gyeong, It sure has:)


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