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I'm the Bosses Dog

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LindsayP
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0 posted 12-19-2007 09:28 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


              Iím The Bossís Dog

    I know Iím not much to look at & the boss said Iím mongrel bred
   And the words he often yells at me really never should be said,
     But I get the job done just the same and most times I am forgiven
     But I know that in my heart of hearts, Iíll never get to doggie heaven
.
      My life story started years ago when I was just a half-grown pup,
     When the bloke that owned me then, said my numberís nearly up,
      I had great fun when he was away and cleaned up all his fowls,
    Iím sure that you can guess the rest if youíd listened to my howls.

    But as luck would have it on that day, a kind neighbour did arrive
    When he heard that sorry tale, he said for solution we should strive,
      My owner said you can take the brute, I donít give a ruddy toss
And that is how I came to be, owned by my present boss.

      He put me in his battered Ute & took me home to his loving wife
      I knew by the way she glared at me that he was going to be in strife,
     Why heís only nine months old, he said, her tart criticism to allay
      If heís no good with the sheep, heíll guard the place when weíre away.

Now all the new rules and regulations I was very quick to learn
And although the boss was always kind he was also very stern,
When weíd go around the sheep he always took me in the cab
Till through my indiscretions, the words he used were worse than scab.

I was mustering in the hills when I came upon a stinking sheep,
It had been dead for several days & was now a maggot ridden heap,
I just could not resist a lovely roll and as any good dog knows,
I really made the most of it while watched on by several crows.

In the distance I heard the boss giving forth his piercing whistles
Straight away I knew itĎs time to clear the sheep out of the thistles,
I took them down to the drafting yards at quite a steady pace
I knew that if I performed quite well, it would be my saving grace.

When finally the job was done, and it was time to head for home
Boss gathered up his tools of trade along with the cutters & the comb.
Come on boy he called to me as he opened up the Uteís old door,
Youíve done a good job today old pal, you certainly know the score.

Then when I hopped onto the seat the boss quickly changed his tune,
Although I really liked my smell Iím afraid the boss was not immune,
Why you stinking brute the boss gasped out, get out of here quick
You can ride home in the back and he sure gave me the flick.

Iíve got used to riding in the back, especially when we go to town,
I gaze down at all the other mutts as they come strutting round,
They all walk around on stiffened legs with the attitude of a thug
But I feel quite superior as I snarl and feel quite smug.

The boss often talks to different mates as heís sitting in his Ute
While I run around in the back of it where Iím bidden to be mute,
I donít mind his mates at all and donít wish them any harm,
But if someone touches the bosses Ute Iíll chew off his blimey arm.

  It was on one cold and wintry day, the boss must have been feeling kind,
He said hop in the front with him where I felt the warmth make me unwind,
  Iíd been eating rabbit guts for days & I didnít leave the boss in suspense,
    ĎGet out your stinking brute,í he cried, Ďwith your evil smelling flatulence.í

         Battles many I have fought and I nearly always win the fight,
   The boss yells and screams and carries on but I often hear him skite,
That heís never seen me beaten yet no matter my opponentís condition,
   For I wait my chance to grab a foot then the howl of quick submission.

  The years have slowly slipped away and Iíve lost the spring of youth
       And I do my best refraining now from doing anything uncouth,
   The bossís wife has finally realized that Iíve earned my place at last,
       For she knows I am the bosses dog for the die has long been cast.
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Marchmadness
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1 posted 12-19-2007 10:52 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

I like the point of view. Well done.
                   Ida
aziza
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2 posted 12-20-2007 12:13 AM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

I love this -- and so did my dogs.  They said it was about time that there was poetry for them in here!

Thank you from Stuart & Abby.

A
JamesMichael
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3 posted 12-20-2007 04:41 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Nice writing...James
Earth Angel
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4 posted 12-20-2007 10:48 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Methinks that there be a bit of that old dog in all of us. Thanks for sharing his life and thoughts with us!

They say you can't teach an old dog, new tricks. But I say, an old dog can teach US a few new ones!

Loving hug,
Linda
LindsayP
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5 posted 12-20-2007 07:01 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


        To my good friends,
Ida, Aziza, James and Linda, it always gives me a buzz when I get a response from you kind folks. It makes writing so much more pleasureable. Thank you.

Lindsay
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6 posted 12-20-2007 10:08 PM       View Profile for moondogz   Email moondogz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for moondogz

I really enjoyed that Lindsay...I love dogs, be they mongrel or otherwise. Now if you were to hazard a guess what would you say his/her heritage was? Once I saw a dog for sale that said Shepalabahuskyweiler and I thought to myself, sounds like a Regal one that.
aziza
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7 posted 12-20-2007 10:57 PM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

You are most welcome, Lindsay.  Gromet is all pissy because I forgot to mention her in my previous post.  She says that she likes this poem even more than the other two -  and I am being snubbed as I type for not including her.

Merry Christmas,
Ali
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8 posted 12-20-2007 11:42 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Lindsay,

Have you ever read the book, "Beautiful Joe"?
http://www.beautifuljoe.org/beautiful-joe.cfm

Your wonderful story/poem made me remember this story that is so very dear not only to my heart, but one that is dear to my family.

Thank you, Lindsay. If you haven't read this story, I encourage you, and your children, to do so. I'm sure your library has a copy.

Thank you so much for some very specific memories.




LindsayP
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9 posted 12-22-2007 10:38 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


moondogz, Aziza and Sunshine, I think that people who have a strong affinity with animals, especcially dogs, have got something going for them. I'm glad that you enjoyed my poem. Thank you and God bless.

Lindsay
Earl Brinkman
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10 posted 10-06-2010 12:42 AM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

This was nice and I enjoyed it very much.
 
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