Thirteen Beautiful Pups!!!
Whelped January 28, 2006
8 Females, 5 Males
2 Harl Females, 3 Harl Males, 6 Mantle Females, 1 Mantle
Male, and 1 Mantle Merl Male
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Just A Dog
by Richard Biby
From "the Versatile Hunting Dog" Magazine, Feb. 2006

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 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 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 makes me a better

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 or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile, because they
"just don't understand."
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