The Doggie Community
by Jade Giuggio on 04/23/12
With the new addition of a dog or puppy you also become a part of a new community. Maybe you have had dogs in the past but with social media, dog events, dog parks and doggie daycare, the "dog community" is much bigger. One thing you will realize is everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they are raising a dog the right way. As much as the dog community can be so wonderful and supporting, they can be judgemental and nasty. Dog mom's can sometimes be soccer moms. For instance my Husky lived outside for 10 years before I rescued her. As a result she has frostbitten ears that are square instead of pointy. Some people give me the stare thinking I cropped my Husky's ear (I mean come on people really?!), some come right out and say "oh you cropped her ears" and others are curious and just ask. This happens to dog owners all the time, and just like we shouldn't judge our peers, we shouldn't always jump to conclusions with dog owners. Not every dog that flinches at a hand, gets abused. And not every pitbull is dangerous (most aren't!). So don't be discouraged or upset at people who may give you advice you don't want to hear or people who are say your doing it wrong. If you have questions ask your vet, trainer, dog walker, groomer, etc. We will answer any questions you may have that you're concerned about.
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 aobut 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,"
because they "just don't understand."