Never Just a Dog

Written by: Janet Setters

Never Just a Dog The day was long and hard You greet me at the door Ever ready to show the love Ever ready to listen Never judging, never arguing You wag your tail and smile Patiently waiting to have my Hand; gently scratch your ears Patiently waiting for your leash to snap in place Slowly you take the lead out into the world Walking in companionship You feel the tension leaving my body Your excitement grows, and yet you patiently wait You wait for the smile and the signal to play There it is! That loosened leash that says freedom You chase the blowing leaves around until the true prize comes forward Your favorite ball sails through the air and you run as fast as you can to retrieve it Then back again to my side You drop the ball and wait for me to pick it up and send it flying through the air again Again, and, again the ball flies until the darkness is coming and your tummy rumbles You sit and patiently wait for the snap of the leash once again Tonight is a special night; we take an extra run around the park to burn off the rest of the day’s tension Home at last for some kibble and a drink You settle next to me, and nap as I slowly drift off I nestle next to your warmth and smile You are my friend, my companion But never just a dog