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“Just a dog”

 By Richard Biby

Permission granted to reprint the text portion of the article Just a Dog

NAVHDA Feb 2006 issue (www.NAVHDA.org)


People have said to me from time to time things like “lighten up, it’s just a dog” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog”.  They say to me they don’t understand the distance traveled, 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 the only company I had 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. 


For those of you who do not understand the whys and wherefores of “just a dog”, then you will probably understand phases 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 in me 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”.


Just a thought, 

Richard Biby


I finally had a few minutes to post some recent pictures of our blind boy, Charlie (formerly Andre, of the famous "Andre's journey" from OR to NC!)...He's doing SO great. He just has blended right in to our home and our lives. He's a happy, go-lucky puppy and he just wants to please. He keeps his beagle sisters on their toes, which is good because they could lose a few pounds! ;) LOL He's friendly to everyone...playful but gentle at the same time...just perfect!!!

Everyone he meets just loves him, and no one believes me when I tell
them that he's completely blind. But it's good, because Charlie and
I enjoy showing people that blind dogs are just as "normal" as any other dog and live great, happy lives!


-Mara & Jimmy Burns [adopted Andre (now Charlie)], CBR-West June 2006

We are the proud parents of Harmony. We adopted her after we fell in love with her at the Pet Fair in April of this year. She was taken out of a abuse situation where she was kept in a small crate for years. They also pulled her teeth out, and cut her vocal cords. But now she lives the life of a "Queen"! She has really settled into our lifestyle. She loves to lounge in her bed, eat, play with her toys, eat, take long walks.....and did I mention she Loves to EAT!! She has learned how to sit, and will shake her paw too! (she is sooo smart)! But I think she does her tricks, because she knows a treat will soon follow! She has already taken a trip to the ocean, where she wasn't that impressed with the ocean, but loved to munch on dead crabs....back to that eating thing again. Yuk! You really have to watch her, as she can smell food a mile away! She also took a trip to Everett, WA, and gone to Multnomah Falls for a
picnic and a hike. Everyone always thinks she is a puppy, but to those who know her now, know she is really a "diva"! She love to snuggle while watching TV with us. She is really a sweetheart and we love her to pieces.


-Claudia and Carl Nell (adopted Harmony, CBR-West April 2006)


We absolutely love Charlie to death! It has taken a little bit of time to get him into a routine that is comfortable for everyone, but we have finally done it. We found that he enjoys a routine and is a little confused when things are perfectly on schedule.

He loves to be a 'wild & crazy' dog in the evenings after eating dinner and like to play 'keep away' with his toys. What a seemingly vicious dog he can be! LOL

He has learned that he cannot eat the cat food, but will still, on occasion, sneak some when no one is around. He's way too smart for his own good. The cats tolerate him, but they all pretty much maintain their distance from each other.

We had to put a padlock on our fence gate as sometimes it would open if pushed too hard. Charlie had learned that and had escaped twice, fortunately with enthusiastic encouragement, we were able to coax him back before he headed to the busy street. We decided the lock was the best thing! He's too much of an adventurous little boy. He is just like having a 2 year old at home again! He's lucky he has those adorable little puppy dog eyes that just melt your heart. :-)

- Sheri & Mark Holan (adopted Charlie, CBR-West April 2006)


We are the proud parent of Spirit. He also came for the horrible abuse case. Spirit joined us in March and we were "just going to foster" I swore up and down that we weren't going to keep him. As soon as he moved in, I knew that I couldn't let him go. He is such a love. He had a rough start. He had some complications from his neutering and he had quite a string of terrible ear infections but now he's doing great! Our resident beagle Jeffery was not overjoyed by our new addition but even he has warmed up a bit. Our cat is still not pleased with Spirit. He really likes to antagonize her, but even she has come out of hiding. Spirit is so funny. He loves to play. He loves to run around our yard and have us chase him. He is so smart. If he wants something from us, he sticks his cold nose on the back of our legs until we figure out what he wants. Much to our 4 year old's chagrin, Spirit is quite the chew hound. He chews anything he can get his back teeth on! He has a real taste for legos. It's like having a puppy all over again. He never, ever barks. Jeffery is really working hard to teach him that beagle habit but so far all Spirit ever gets out is an occasional single "woooof"  I can't thank all you at CBR enough. I look at little Spirit and can't help but think about what a horrible life he had and now all he wants to do is sleep in Jeff's chair, chase the cat, and be with us.


-Dana & Eric Anderson (adopted Spirit, CBR-West April 2006)




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