Monday, March 26, 2012


Velvet fur
Golden eyes
Dappled brown and black
Happy barks
Protective growls
Ball-chasing, face licking
Tail-wagging friend

Rolling on your back in the grass
Chasing a stream of water from the hose
Flopping on the floor directly in my path
Pleading eyes, cast downward
Then furtive glances
    See me, I’m here, don’t forget
          I love treats
Hunting down your squeaky toy to drop in
my lap or taunt me – play, play, play with me
Cheese-eating, peanut butter slurping
Silly girl

Watching carefully for that first sign that it’s time ~
   Yes, there it is – the collar, the leash, my Dad
Let’s go ~

Coffee colored joy
Leaping, bouncing, rolling, howling
Singing your hellos as I walk in the door
Racing, jumping
Water lovin’, car ridin’
Mass of zeal

Chocolate mound curled at the foot of the bed
Whispered whines of merry dreams
Love, pure love
From her, for her
Kona, my Kona
My Kona Blue

Quote for the day:  I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional
                        love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.  ~Gilda Radner


  1. I like how your piece describes the day or roles your special pet takes on. Nice.

  2. So sweet! That is one happy-looking dog! How lucky you both are to have each other!

  3. I loved it from the moment I read "velvet fur" all the way through "coffee colored joy" and "chocolate mound". I can't wait to share it with my students (with your permission, of course)!

  4. What a perfect name! Your words captured the fun of having a four-legged best friend. She is a sweetie!

  5. I had a visual of her in my head before I ever saw the picture. What a lovely description of love.

  6. What a joyful active dog. Your choice of words is super. I like the ball-chasing, face-licking, tail wagging chocolate mound you described in this poem.
    Your poem sounded to me like Libba Moore Gray (My Mother had a Dancing Heart) meeting Valerie Worth (All the Small Poems.)
    Thank you for your good wishes today.

  7. Puppy love! I still think of my dog as a pup ( even though she is a senior citizen). Loved your words of love for sweet Kona.