Bob Seger Dedes
Now dogs pretend they like to fight;
They often bark, more seldom bite;
But yet a Dog is, on the whole,
What you would call a simple soul.
Of course I’m not including Pekes,
And such fantastic canine freaks.
The usual Dog about the Town
Is much inclined to play the clown
And far from showing too much pride
Is frequently undignified.
He’s very easily taken in-
Just chuck him underneath the chin
Or slap his back or shake his paw,
And he will gambol and guffaw.
He’s such an easy-going lout,
He’ll answer any hail or shout.
Again I must remind you that
A Dog’s a Dog – A CAT’S A CAT.
Except from T.S. Elliot’s “Addressing Cats” in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
ANIMAL WELLNESS MAGAZINE is a natural health magazine that publishes articles and stories on dogs and cats. Submissions details HERE.
THE BARK publishes dog-centered articles and stories and is open for unsolicited submissions and queries. Details HERE.
SUNDRESS PUBLICATIONS has an open call for submissions to The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry, “an anthology that centers the storied, yet perpetually mystifying connection that dogs and humans share with a new focus: the historical and contemporary relationships between poets and dogs.” Deadline: July 1, 2019. Details HERE.
EVENT: Erie Pennsylvania ~
“. . . owning a dog always ended with this sadness because dogs just don’t live as long as people do.” John Grogan, Marley and Me
I am sitting with Bax. His kidneys are failing. His time with us is about to end, so forgive me for the delays in posting. He needs my undivided attention and I need to say goodbye. I’ll be back soon with poetic responses to last week’s writing prompt and with this Wednesday’s Writing Prompt.
To be featured:
Sonja Benskin Mesher, RCA
Thank you for your patience.
Introducing Baxter Dedes, the newest member of the family and the new ‘The Poet by Day’ office manager. Baxter is a Rat Terrier and Chihuahua mix … a “Rat-Chi.”
Remembered warmly and with gratitude, Baxter’s predecessors:
“A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship . . . The Dog is a survival — an anachronism. He toils not, neither does he spin, yet Solomon in all his glory never lay upon a door-mat all day long, sun-soaked and fly-fed and fat, while his master worked for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail . . .” Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
Buddy and his best pal.
“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” Robert Benchley
Xiang Xiang’s Ah Man, better known as “Gus.”
“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That’s almost $7 in dog money.” Joe Weinstein
“How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?,” asks Woody in Cheers. “It’s a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I’m wearing milk-bone underwear.”
© 2016, photos from the family album, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved