Monte was the best part of my life. Shortly afterwards I lost a dear
friend who brought me comfort when I needed it most. I know they are
both waiting for me and when the time comes it will be a grand reunion.
<3 .


“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 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 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.”