Nothing But Norman #19

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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This week a owner who bought one of Norman’s puppy’s from his last litter (Gambler’s sister) shared this video on Facebook. I love this video and never tire from watching it. Every word is so true! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Going along with this video is my favorite poem about dogs. This also says it all!

Just A Dog 

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, time spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.” Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought  about  by  “Just a dog.” In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think its “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.”

*Author Unknown

Yesterday I hung up the memorial I made of Norman. It’s a picture of him I had taken back in fall of 2012 with my dad’s old 20 gauge model 12 shotgun. This was my first pheasant gun. I had took Norman’s paw print when he was still alive and then colored it brown with a small cattail. This is hanging above my bed so he can look down on me while I sleep.


I got this beautiful keepsake which can be a ornament from Harmony Pet Care. I took this picture of Norman earlier in the year at Harmony, they have the best background there so I always get some pictures when I take the dogs with me to work. They picked out the perfect picture for his memorial ornament. Thank you Harmony!


Thank you all for the beautiful cards you send John and I. We are blessed to have such a great group of friends.


The picture of the chessie in the middle is Norman’s granddaughter Savannah.

The most thoughtful gift was from a fellow blogger that I have never met and just recently started doing the See Beautiful Blog Hop. The blog hop is held the second Friday of each month. It is all about seeing beautiful and sharing it with others. When Norman passed it happened to be the week of the See Beautiful hop. Lydia from See Beautiful emailed me and asked for my address as she wanted to send me a little of See Beautiful so I can look at it and see the beauty in Norman and hopefully make me smile during this sad time. This week I got the package and it was a See Beautiful bracelet that is just beautiful, it came with a note and a card with See beautiful words on along with a description of what the card was made of. The card is recycled paper with forget me not’s in it so I am to rip up the card plant it and watch beauty bloom on day. What a sheer act of kindness. You fellow bloggers are the best and I can’t thank Lydia and you all enough. Just the smallest gestures mean so much to people. When you think all it was nothing, it really was something big.

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Hope you all have a great Saturday!


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11 thoughts on “Nothing But Norman #19

  1. I haven’t read this yet but definitely will. I want to to you how much I admire you for talking, creating and loving sharing Morman with us. My Tyler, my heart I had no blog, no people who understand (but John who felt with his devastation by closing in) which I understand, but I needed a person or outlet just to let people know what a wonderful dog he was and what a wonderful part me. You are helping and end poring soapy people who have had a heart dog with no where to turn. Norman will always be with you as Tyler is with me but you are doing a wonderful job of sharing him with all the dog people of the world. Thank you my heart is always with you 🙂


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