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Beagle

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Elizabeth Santos
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Beagle

They brought him in, a baby Beagle full of puppy charms
Who wouldn't welcome such a puppy home with open arms?
So funny were his floppy ears, so endearing were his eyes
So deceived, I didn't recognize the devil in diguise

We couldn't think what to call him, so "Beagle" was his name
Sometimes we called him "trouble" and he'd answer just the same.
Training was impossible, the idea of it didn't sell
But after just a few short weeks he trained us very well

We set up an electric fence to keep the puppy in
But with this naughty Beagle, we simply couldn't win
He quickly learned to escape the electric fence without a doubt
So then our fence served only to keep the puppy out

He needed supervision, entertainment and good food
He had to play a fetching game to calm his restless mood
For when he was the least bit bored, the devil would appear
And we'd find complete destruction of all that we held dear

He chewed up carpet, clothes and shoes, mail and checkbooks, too
Important documents and books, to mention just a few
We bought a dog repellent to save our family room
But Beagle loved the smell and so our furniture was doomed

He pulled up kitchen linoleum and ate up magazines
He relished in destruction, the very source of puppy dreams
There wasn't any object in the house he didn't chew
Our peaceful moments with this pup were sparce and very few

One day someone offered to take the Beagle home
To a place where he could stay outdoors with room enough to roam
No longer would he howl at six and wake the neighbors up
Nor would they fall asleep at night to the howling of the pup

No mangled pizzas, no buried sneakers, no more wild goose chases
No more stolen objects in my yard from far off places
No more would I be lured by those endearing Beagle eyes
While behind the Beagle mask there was a devil in disguise

Elizabeth Santos
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devina
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1 posted 01-27-2000 01:26 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

I've had to do the same before, let me tell you- queensland healer's aren't exactly the best house dogs either...cattle hearders more like it!! But honestly Liz, don't ya miss him just a ~little~ bit????

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Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 01-27-2000 01:40 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Devina, When I get done paying for the house renovations, I decide if I miss him!
Thanks
Liz
Severn
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3 posted 01-27-2000 07:24 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Lizzy - I cannot help but find little Beagle endearing thanks to the magic of your words...LOL!!

K

 'Writing sharpens life;
life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
Toerag
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4 posted 01-27-2000 09:26 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I like this too! My little poem didn't go over too well...and since I've taken my medications, (I do this quite liberally at lunch hour)....I could see why....LOL>....




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5 posted 01-27-2000 09:36 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Liz: I love the poem, sympathize with the renovations... and ROFL @ Toe's explanations! LOL
Seymour Tabin
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Elizabeth,
All funning aside this poem is a classic.
Never read one better. Your poem is as
playful as the beagle. Put it in a safe
place it is a keeper. Love Sy
hoot_owl_rn
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LOL...oh, I've lived this one before for sure Nicely told tale Liz  

 I can live with the idea
That we are merely actors
Playing a part
But I do wish
Whoever is writing my script
Would learn to use
A few more Happy Endings
~Javan
Martie
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I have been in your shoes Liz, only with a St Bernard named Tiny.  Loved the poem!
Denise
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This is adoreable, Elizabeth! I had a beagle once....not like yours, though! He was most precious and well behaved! My daughter, though, now has a cousin of your beagle, of  the boxer variety! They should have named him Satan!

Denise  
Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 01-27-2000 11:15 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you all for the comments. Seems I'm not the only one. The only thing this dog did that made me laugh, was to stick his head way out the car window. His super long floppy ears would catch the wind and he looked like a little Piper Cub taking off.
Thanks
Liz
HelmutB
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11 posted 01-27-2000 01:08 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Pet's aren't there cute!!!
Very nice poem and so deep
Hope that the renovations are limited
Sorry but I had to smile  

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

 
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