Just My Dog

He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above
the winds. He is the part of me that can
reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that

I am his reason for being: by the way he
rests against my leg; by the way he thumps

his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he
shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he
is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.

When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.
When I am a fool, he ignores it.

When I succeed, he brags.
Without him, I am only another man. With him,
I am all-powerful.
He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion.

With him, I know a secret comfort and a
private peace. He has brought me understanding
where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.

His presence by my side is protection against
my fears of dark and unknown things.
He has promised to wait for me…
henever…wherever–in case I need him.

And I expect I will–as I always have.

He is just my dog.

-Gene Hill


14 thoughts on “Just My Dog

  1. There is absolutely nothing like the relationship with a dog or any animal. They can teach us so much, if we are willing to learn and share with them. I have rescued 3 dogs and 9 cats … never a dull moment … and always spirit lifters! ~becca

  2. Why thank you David, how kind of you to say so!
    sulochanosho,very very true; he is not just our dog, he is our baby and a very important third of our lives.

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