Carpe Shar-Pei (Seize the Wrinkled Dog)

Dog Haiku

My human is home!
I am so ecstatic I
have made a puddle.

I lie belly-up
In the sunshine, happier than
You ever will be.

Today I sniffed
Many dog butts - I celebrate
By kissing your face.

I sound the alarm!
Paperboy - come to kill us all -
Look! Look! Look! Look! Look!

I sound the alarm!
Garbage man - come to kill us all -
Look! Look! Look! Look! Look!

I lift my leg and
Whiz on each bush. Hello, Spot -
Sniff this and weep.

I Hate my choke chain -
Look, world, they strangle me! Ack !

Ack ! Ack ! Ack ! Ack ! Ack !

Sleeping here, my chin
On your foot - no greater bliss - well,
Maybe catching cats.

Look in my eyes and
Deny it. No human could
Love you as much I do.

A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can't get it by breeding for it, and you can't buy it with money. It just happens along.

E.B. White, The Care and Training of a Dog

Paper and canvas prints of "Growing Up Chinese Shar-Pei" by Barbara Keith are available online.

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