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 cost 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 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 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”.
~ Author Unknown
God Had A Dog – a Kato Legend
Nagaicho, the creator, set out to create the world, and he took along a dog. He placed four big pillars at the corners of the earth to hold up the sky. He created man from dirt, and then he created woman. The sun became hot, the moon was cold, and the trees grew everywhere. Waves danced on the surface of the ocean and all the creatures of the seas swam in it and were happy. Then Nagaicho saw that the creatures of the earth needed water. He dragged his feet deep into the Earth and created rivers. He poked his fingers ino the Earth and created springs. And the elk and deer came to drink at the rivers and springs. "Drink", Nagaicho said to the dog. And the dog drank from the sweet water, and Nagaicho himself lay down and drank. "It is good. They will all drink it," said Nagaicho. Then Nagaicho piled rocks around the edge of the water and made lakes and ponds. "Drink the good water" he said to the dog. "Drink, my dog." And the dog drank, and Nagaicho lay down and plunged his face in the water and drank. "It is good," he said. "Bears and people will drink here," he said. Then Nagaicho put salamanders and turtles and little eels in the creeks. He put grizzlies and deer in the mountains and panthers and jack rabbits. So Nagaicho walked along, creating the creatures. "Walk behind me, my dog," said Nagaicho. "Let us look at all that is made." The trees were tall; the streams were full of fish The little valleys had grown ide and full of flowering bush. "Walk fast, my dog," he said. "The land is good." Acorns and chestnuts hung on trees. Berries crowded the bushes. There were many birds and snakes. The grass had grown. Grasshoppers were leaping about. There was clover. "We made it good, my dog," said Nagaicho. And so they started back, Nagaicho and his dog. The mountains were high; the land was flat; the creeks were full of trout. The good water raced over the rocks. They walked along. "We are nearly home, my dog," said Nagiacho. " I will drink water. You too drink," he said to the dog. The face of the earth was covered with growing things. The creatures were multiplying upon it. And Nagaicho went back into the North with his dog.
The Kato Tribe
Also known as Cahto, the Kato are an indigenous Californian group of Native Americans. They lived in the Laytonville Long Valley area of the Pacific Coast Mountain range in the early 18th century in about 50 separate small village sites. The principal language of theKato was Wailakian.