God Summoned A Beast
G-d summoned the beast from the field and He said "Behold,
man is created in my image. Therefore adore him. You shall
protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks, watch over
his children, accompany him wherever he may go...even into
civilization. You shall be his companion, his ally, his slave."
"To do these things," G-d said, "I endow you with the
instincts uncommon to other beasts: Faithfulness, Devotion and
Understanding surpassing those of man himself. Lest it impair
your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair
your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of man. Lest it
impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words.
Speak to your master only with your mind and through your honest
"Walk by his side; sleep in his doorway; ward off his
enemies; carry his burden; share his afflictions; love and
comfort him. And in return for this, Man will fulfill your needs
and wants... which shall be only food, shelter and affection."
"So be silent and be a friend to man. Guide him through the
perils along the way to this land I have promised him. This
shall be your destiny and your immortality."
So spoke the Lord. And the dog heard, and was content.
Dedicated to the canine family members we have loved and
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 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 "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." ~Unknown Author~