In memory of Seeds of Hope’s mascot – Cha Cha

Posted on April 6, 2010

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A poem for cha cha:   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 love
invested, the time spent, or distance traveled 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 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
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 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
woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.” just smile,
because they “just don’t understand.”

Gina and Brianna 4/6/10

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