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Memories of Brittany's Pumpkin Pie
If a dog could be perfect, she was.

My daughter, Brittany, chose Pumpkin as a gift for her 12th birthday. We took home a fat and fuzzy small orange ball with floppy ears that evening, hence her name. We didn't know what a corgi was. When we were shown what she would look like as an adult, we laughed at the short, stocky little herding dogs with huge ears, stubby legs, and no tails in the pictures of the book, hardly believing that they could handle live stock with such skill! But, we quickly learned to love the smart and sturdy little puppy who trained quickly and seemed to anticipate what was expected of her, so eager to please. She wore her heart on her furry sleeve, radiating love for her family.

We had to say good bye to Pumpkin, after more than fourteen years of unconditional love, sweet kisses, and warm snuggles. Renal failure took it's toll on our fur baby after a valiant fight. It's taken me over a year to be able to sit down and write this tribute to her and still, the words feel inadequate to describe what this fur child meant to her family. She leaves a corgi-sized hole in my heart that I'm fairly certain no other dog could fill. I don't know exactly what happens to our furry family members after their time on earth is done, but my heaven will be that much sweeter if she's there with her sister corgi, Grace, to meet me.


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 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 its' not "just a dog"
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
"just a man" or "just a woman."

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

~Unknown Author~

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