All of us here at Shikoku Canada wish each of you the
very best for the holiday season and health and
happiness for 2011. As 2010 comes to a close we would
like to leave you with this:
Just A Dog
From time to time, people tell me,
"lighten up, it's 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 been
brought about by "just a dog." Many hours have passed
and my only company was "just a dog", but I did not once
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 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 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
the 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