It’s amazing to see how much dogs have become interwoven in our speech. Even references related to their behavior and interactions with humans and other dogs make an occasional appearance in our vocabulary and conversations. These loyal companions influence us in every walk of life, ranging from day-to-day living all the way to the military and politics, and everything in between. Dog references appear in expressions about our strengths and weaknesses, in humorous anecdotes, in serious commentaries and light hearted bantering between friends.
Whether you are a dog lover or not, chances are that you have used expressions that harken back to our interactions with these beautiful creatures. This poem is in honor of the depth that dogs have touched our lives. It is written with a touch of humor using just a few of the words and expressions that have become part of our communication. “Dog speak” is a wonderful and colorful part of our spoken and written language. Read More »
People who rescue dogs and cats deserve a thank you for what they do. A rescue animal may come with scars and behavior that takes patience, love, kindness and warmth to work through, or it may be fine and simply needs help finding a forever home. The individuals and groups who offer the love and dedication necessary to help these pets get treatment or healing and help them find a new forever home, are a very special breed of human being. To deal with the issues some rescue animals have takes strength and courage as well as understanding, persistence and dedication.
Whatever the reason a dog or cat is in need of rescue, the people and organizations who help rehome them deserve praise that is often left unspoken. We as humans are the guardians of these beautiful, loyal and loving creatures. Animal rescuers take that a step further and practice the best of human kindness to fight for those creatures who cannot speak for themselves.
This poem about rescue pets was written from the animal’s point of view.
Playtime with your dog is not just playing. Playtime is an ideal time to bond with your canine companion, a chance to continue or reinforce training and a good way to give your dog exercise. Last but not least, playtime is simply a fun way to show your dog you care.
You are, after all, the one they look up to. Your dog trusts you implicitly, and you are who they want to spend time with more than anyone. Take some time each day to play with your dog. Like children, our dogs flourish with positive attention and one-on-one time.
Here’s a poem about playtime, written from a dog’s point of view:
Christmas is a season of family gatherings and celebrations that include the dogs and cats in your home. From a dog’s point of view, all the new smells, sights and sounds can be just as exciting as they are for any child or adult.
This poem is loosely based on experiences with my own daughter and our very loved dog. Kira was a big black lab/Dalmatian/mastiff mix. She and my daughter reveled in everything about the whole holiday season as much as I did. Christmas morning, the two of them would race to my door and anxiously wait for me to get up.
On the floor in front of the tree, all the filled stockings were laid out carefully. Kira knew which one was hers; every year she stood with her nose dug into her big stocking and her behind in the air while she wagged her tail furiously. She even knew how to unwrap her own gifts.
Dogs sense the excitement and the mood of Christmas celebrations and react to what is going on around them. If given the chance, they will enjoy the holidays too, in their own way.
Although dogs are known for their bark as an obvious way to communicate, they have a myriad of other ways they “talk” to us. Dogs share their feelings and needs in their own unique ways. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box to interpret their meanings.
This poem, written from the dog’s point of view, shares the many different ways dogs communicate with the people in their lives.
In their charm and soft innocence, puppies tug at every heartstring. It is a good thing they are so cute when their antics and exploring the world test our patience. With a puppy comes heartfelt love and moments of sheer exasperation, constant challenges and times of laughter, pride and amazement. Puppies are unfettered in their consumption and absorption of life. Once they worm their way into your heart with unerring love, they are there for good, a constant lifelong shadow to their loved human. Here is a poem I wrote in celebration of puppyhood.
Into your life they wiggle in
Cute as cherubs and naughty as jinns
Soft as down, and rough and tumble
Antics laughable, but small and humble
“Aw, she’s so cute!” onlookers say,
“Watch how she rolls and tumbles and plays.”
Loving licks that wet your face
Eyes like saucers when caught in disgrace
Time demanding and all insistent
Feed me now, and non-resistant
Mournful whimpers and pleading eyes
Soft warm cuddles and contented sighs
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