While I was away, the husband renamed our dog. Buddy now wags his tail to Boudro.
This morning I introduced him to my new pets.
Shhh, I know they may grow up to be BLT’s but let me have my moment, okay? Thank you.
As I was saying, I introduced Boudro to Charlotte, Wilbur, Charles and Wilbur II. Now this crazy Chihuahua (who originally told me his name was Patrick) insists on being addressed as Boudro the Fearless Boar.
Well… in this day and age, why not?!
A few months ago we acquired Buddy from a lovely family after our Blue Heeler was killed. His prior family said they couldn’t keep him (for a number of reasons), said they hadn’t even named him but I suspect they were fibbing; a little white lie to ease our grief.
Right away our family asked what we were going to name this little fellow. Without thinking (in my typical weird, off the cuff manner) I blurted out, “He told me his name is Patrick, but that we could call him Buddy.” The grand-kids believed me, excited that I could communicate with dogs. The children mumbled something about having me committed. I just smiled and thought, at least I don’t talk to shoes.
My wife’s new pink slippers
have gay pom-poms.
There is not a spot or a stain
on their satin toes or their sides.
All night they lie together
under her bed’s edge.
Shivering I catch sight of them
and smile, in the morning.
Later I watch them
descending the stair,
hurrying through the doors
and round the table,
with a shake of their gay pom-poms!
And I talk to them
in my secret mind
out of pure happiness.
We later found out that Buddy’s name was ‘Gus’. My husband couldn’t wait to share that bit of information. I said something like, “Aww, I knew they sacrificed their sweet puppy out of pure kindness.” He of course really wanted to make the point that the dog had NOT told me his name was Patrick. At that point I had to be honest…
“Hmm… Well, he didn’t really say his name was Patrick.” I admitted.
“I KNEW IT!” Husband gloated.
“What he actually said was that he was born Patrick Gustav, but he prefers to be called Buddy.”
The husband politely conceded and took Buddy out to find a new stick.
I was relieved that the issue had been settled once and for all until Buddy ran back in to tell me something; a disturbing bit of gossip actually. He said after the lights are out and the house is quiet that my Reeboks snicker and mock me, they laugh at the way I run!
The shoes, of course have the right to their opinion and I (of course) have the right to stomp around in altered footwear.
I find they fit much better minus the tongue. 😉
“The Thinker” was published in Williams’s book, Sour Grapes: a book of poems (The Four Seas Company, 1921).
Don’t let poetry die from neglect or sit gathering dust until next April.
May I suggest a nice anthology by HWA,
AND I Have 25 free promo codes from Audible for Pose Prose & Poems narrated by Linda Roper if anyone is interested.
Now grab a paperclip and get attached. 😉
You are hereby lawfully subjected to more photos of Mia the Pocket Puppy, aka my current obsession object of affection. The versatile pocket puppy (suitable for all ages) can also be used as a sock puppy. Unlike a sock puppet Mia can speak for herself. AND [this is the fun part] she eats, cries, bites, pees, poops and barks just like a real puppy.
Prompted by the weekly photo challenge: Object
What happens when you don’t specify what kind of goat you want and just say, ‘bring me a couple of goats to clean up the place.’ You get two ‘No ma’am they’re not pygmies’. Well, pardon me but that is a ONE pound Chihuahua trying to herd them. It may take them a few years to clear the land but they are adorable : )