‘Just a dog poem’ & Johnny Depp’s absolutely awesome speech!

just a dog poem
Porthos dreams of being a bear!

Remember the above scene from the Johnny Depp movie Finding Neverland? To calm Portho, the dog’s doubts, here’s one of our favorite texts – Just a dog poem.


Porthos dreams of being a bear, and you want to shatter those dreams by saying he’s ‘just a dog’? What a horrible candle-snuffing word. That’s like saying, “He can’t climb that mountain, he’s just a man”, or “That’s not a diamond, it’s just a rock.” Just. ~J.M. Barrie


Just a dog poem

How many times have you heard the phrase ‘just a dog’ before?

Be it when you are standing for a mute animal or raising concern over an atrocious act. How many times have you faced the heat of cynical eyes darting you in an obnoxious manner?
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.

Finding neverland dog
Because a dog never is, ‘just a dog’.

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 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 or woman’ So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”
Just smile…
because they “just don’t understand.”

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20 thoughts on “‘Just a dog poem’ & Johnny Depp’s absolutely awesome speech!”

  1. haha, this reminds me of the times i look at people with their children, and say “oh that’s exactly what iris does!” and they glare at me for comparing their children with my dog. i would never compare! Dogs don’t fight over your property!

  2. never ever felt alone in my huge house when ‘Tuffy’ use to be around. miss his cute lil face, sparkling expressive eyez and his efforts to wake me up and play wid him… just cnt get over d loss.. Miss u loadzz cute lil thing… :*

  3. I am teaching a year 5/6 class and am reading the novel to the “Just a Dog” for Book Week this term. I loved what you wrote and am including it as part of a lesson.

  4. They are not “just dogs”.They are way beyond that.Just their presence is so refreshing and so nice.I can tell cause I have two dogs.And whenever i come back from office the younger one comes to me with her ball to play with her.that sight itself is soooo good.Dogs are the best gift of god and hope they always remain to be so.Noone in this world is ever by your side except for a dog.

  5. I listen to all my friends who talk of their babies, and i keep saying “Pumbaa does exactly the same” and they take offense. Well, I don’t take offense when their kids do things my pup does 😀

    Well, my dog isn’t ‘just a dog as long as your kid isn’t ‘just a kid’ 🙂

    I only wish they had a lifespan equivalent to humans’ 😐

  6. My dear lord! Exactly my thoughts! I have experienced so much ridicule for being an emotional nut for “just a dog”…..Like I care…:)

  7. u r so awesome… i just happen to reach ur blog.. but its so true.. i d request u to go on page adopt a dog and like it. We need ppl like u there. I am sharing ur post on the page.

  8. Beautiful blog. As a diehard animal lover, I completely believe that animals teach us how to be human while most of us prefer to act like beasts toward them.

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