Just a Dog?

by Mary on June 14, 2010 · 37 comments

I first saw this beautiful video, called Just a Dog?, on Life With Dogs Blog and had to share it with you. It was written by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine—made up of a compilation of pictures from www.dogs4ppp.com and put to music “Everywhere I Go” by Lissie.

Warning: You may find it hard to watch this just once.

What makes your furry friend more than “Just a Dog?

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1 kathy walton June 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

It would be just another day without just a dog. They make my day! And I make theres. So I’m not just a person!

2 Airman B.H. June 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Being active duty military, I can say there is nothing like coming home to a family and a dog, I am told by my family how my dog just sits and waits at the window for me to come home. The love of a dog can not be compared to the love of no other. Its just not the same after a long day, no matter what happened during your day your dog is so happy to see you.

3 richmonddogs June 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

Well said, Airman B.H.!

4 richmonddogs June 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

My dog makes my day too, Kathy!

5 Carol Bryant June 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

Dogs are what complete me. 😉

6 richmonddogs June 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I hear ya, Carol!

7 kath owen June 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

When ihave had a horrid day, she greets me with love and kisses. When I have a great day she plays and bounces joyfully. When my husband Died she never left my sides those long lonely nights. That is not just a dog but a best friend.

8 Louise P June 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I am still alive because it was just my dog

9 Mary June 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’d love to hear your story, Louise!

10 Mary June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Same here, Kath 😉 What would we do without them?

11 Kathy Davis June 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

This Video says it all. When either my husband or I am sick, they stay by our side, they show unconditional love,companionship, and joy to be with you.
We adopted from a Doberman Rescue site. We love them. In Jan. of 2010, our red Dobie died, it took three months before we were both ready to adopt another Dobie. She has brought such love and joy into our lives, she has also taught our older Dobie to play like a puppy again. Just another Dog, no these are our girls!

12 Richmond Petlover July 3, 2010 at 9:10 am

I hear ya, Kathy!

13 Margarita July 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

This video made me cry, no pet will love you like a dog does.

14 Donna July 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

In the video Just a Dog, at the time of 28-30 seconds, the Golden in the video looks EXACTLY like our Abbey. Sadly, we lost her to bone cancer just 3-1/2 months ago and miss her very, very much. She was one of those once-in-a lifetime dogs, a total “gift”, who was an “old soul” from puppyhood, and had uncanny communication skills. She loved everyone, and even through her difficult journey with cancer, she still gave her all to show love and comfort those around her. I was proud to be her mom, and I thank God that we had 12-1/2 incredible years with her.

15 Sarah July 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

Wow…it’s amazing how much “just dogs” can add to our lives, huh?

I’m so sorry for your loss; Abbey sounds like she had a special place in your heart.

16 Dale July 10, 2010 at 4:21 am

Such a beautiful, moving video. My dog passed four mos. before my husband. It was like losing a child since we didn’t have any. He was a GORGEOUS Shelty, so seeing one in the video really made me melancholy.

There is no other love like the unconditional love from your dog. Twenty yrs. later, I am still wishing I could be brave enough to go through it all again down the road, but just not ready yet. No doubt my heart is big enough to fall in love once again, but still mending after all this time. Such a perfect, wonderful pet who touched me for the rest of my life. I’m proud to say “Just a dog” meant something so meaningful & beautiful to me, that there will always be a very special place in my heart for him.

I need to believe that someday we will be playing “monkey in the middle” again with his tennis ball, watching his beautiful white bib & flowing fur blowing in the breeze while he excitedly runs with the ball in his mouth once again. A lovely, comforting picture to behold in my mind.

17 Penny Alderman July 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I don’t believe that God spelled backwards is Dog without it having a deeper meaning than just that. “Just A Dog” speaks of very deep, real emotions of having the pleasure of knowing and/or caring for, “just a dog”.

18 Eileen July 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm

What a wonderful video, if more people were as loving as dogs what a great world it would be.

19 Mary July 13, 2010 at 9:49 am

I agree, Eileen!

20 Mary July 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

I believe you will be playing “monkey in the middle” again Dale!

21 Valerie July 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

How perfect:-
Just a sunrise?
Just a Friend?
Just a dog………………..!

22 Valerie July 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I dare you not to smile…..

23 Pam July 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Not “just a dog” but my other half; my heart and soul, my furperson, my reason for being. He brings me joy every day no matter what; he could care less about the economy, work, weather and whatever other stresses may be lurking for humans. He lives for me and I for him. I am so blessed.

24 Susan Morgan July 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

precisely why i have to FORCE myself to stop at 13… or is it 14? my dogs are my therapy, and i guess i need a lot of therapy lol. no matter how tough a day i have, i go home to unconditional love, and it’s better than Calgon to “take me away” 🙂

i have been known to say that if my husband loved me as much as my dog (in particular, Sherman) then i would be the luckiest woman in the world!

25 vera harden July 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

dogs are just another name for God,they are always at our side!

26 Mary Ann Herzog July 25, 2010 at 11:56 am

I am saving this video because in the short time that i viewed it, there was no pain in my heart, body and soul. I have a black Lab named Buddy. When I had a recent back surgery where all the lumbar disks were removed and repaired and a titanium cage put in, I was sent to a nursing home. My daughter-in-law brought my Buddy there. It was as if we were two people in a field of flowers running with hearts swelling to meet. Buddy heals me up every day. Thank you very, very, much for this greatest of all emails I have ever received.

27 Connie Brinsko September 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

A best friend has to be your dog. Ours is gone now, but for 13 years he was a very important member of our family. Our granddaughter Arianna has listened to so many stories and looked at many photo albums of our “Teddy” that she drew a picture of him for me and 5 years later it still has a special place on the front of our refrigerator and I intend to frame it and hang it in our living room soon. This is one of the very best emails I have ever received and it brought tears to my eyes, but also many happy memories. Thank you. We are a family of dog lovers and I have had many “grand-dogs thru the years.

28 Sarah Bennett October 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

This touched my heart more than anything in a long time.

My bassethound, Freckles, was 8 years old when she got really sick with a viral infection she picked up from the environment. There were only 2 options: I could either choose to make her suffer and not be guaranteed that she would live, or I could put her to sleep.

Something you should know is that I am not one of those that is going to make an animal suffer if I can help it. She was my best friend and had been since I was 12 years old. I loved her more than anything in this world. She loved me on my worst days and even when I forgot to feed her.

I chose to put her to sleep. I could see the pain she was going through in her eyes and I couldn’t stand it. It hurt me so much when I had to put her to sleep.

People at school couldn’t understand why I was so upset about it. They kept saying, “It’s just a dog.” They really didn’t understand. She was not a dog in my mind. She was human just like I was, and she was part of our family.

Thank you for making this video.

29 Richmond Petlover October 31, 2010 at 9:53 am

Beautifully said, Sarah. Freckles was a very lucky dog!

30 cassie lester November 25, 2010 at 4:00 am

i have five dogs and i love thim very much i can talk to thim and thay will set there like thay are lisaning and thay all try to sleep with me i have a two year old baby girl and the dogs are very good with thim i had 7 dogs but i had to put two down cuz they were so old so i had a vet do it it hert me bad i cryed for 2 weeck evry night becouse i miss my friends and my bed partners and my best budys i loved thim mor thin any thang and i know that they will be in my mind and my hart no mater what so for the pepole that says it just a dog its not. it a friend a buddy and family.
thank you
cassie lester

31 Alaskan Dream January 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

My dogs have helped me through times of depression and great tragedy, so I owe my life to them. And they don’t remind me about it. They just help me love each day as it comes, and give me a reason to look forward to the future. How can something that saves lives, in small and large ways, be “just” anything? They are the best teachers in the world for love, patience and compassion.

I feel sorry for people that don’t have a dog.

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