Not growing up with pets,
The first I had was a kitten
Already an adult…but
Can’t say set in my ways…
Just had to consider
The circumstances…
A cat fit…a dog didn’t
What I couldn’t have known…
Time spent away brought allergies,
Massive and severe…and lifelong
Once on my own, already too late
The first dogs in my experience…
A gimpy chowhound lab and
A bad-tempered protective mutt…
Certain not to endear me to the breed
So it goes with life…I learned
A dog that seems so friendly
Can quickly bite you in the butt
A fate I narrowly avoided
The lesson unmistakeable
Beware a smiling dog
Are they so different
From some people?
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  1. suzannevcarey · August 23, 2017

    Love your take on this prompt!!

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    • artifiswords · August 23, 2017

      Thank you, Suzanne. All true. Only omitted that the only thing that saved me from a bite in the butt by a dog that looked much like the one in the pic was yelling at him. He was losing his eyesight, but he knew my voice. Whew!

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      • suzannevcarey · August 23, 2017

        I was actually bit in the ass by a dog. I was going to a Howie Mandel concert with my friend. Nd her husband. I was wearing a lilac one piece jumper. I was playing with their infant son and their dog bit me in the ass. Unfortunately the chair at the concert were really hard. True story… 😫

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      • artifiswords · August 23, 2017

        UGH! Sounds like an overprotective dog…like the one I wrote about.


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