Her head popped up immediately.
"Well, go get your collar then."
She jumped off the bed, found the her collar and brought it to me. Ready to go see her buddy. We are so glad we did. Little did we know it would be the last time we would see him. He was extremely ill, but managed a few wags of his tail as we walked over. That was all he could muster.
I hope my friends are OK. There's nothing I can say to make it better. Thank goodness he left lots of wonderful staffy memories. He will never really die. He will stay alive with warmest memories tucked lovingly away in their hearts.
It may seem terribly irreverent, but I can't help but smile,if a little reluctantly, when I think of the one individual who may not be totally devastated by Archie's passing. Pippa the cat! I hope Archie forgives me for finding this sadly amusing.
Oh, you do know that he wasn't just a dog, don't you? It seems fitting to share "Just a Dog", in memory of the wonderful Mr Archibald.
We will miss you Archie. We already do.
"Just a Dog"
If you, too, think it’s “Just a dog”, 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.
For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog”. It’s 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 people can understand it’s not “Just a dog”. It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man or woman”.
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”, smile; because they “Just don’t understand.”