Monday, December 29, 2008

Ode to a skanky mutt

Yard dog, yard dog
Of what do you dream?
Your chain clank-clanking
over blankets, soiled and thin

Your voice worn hollow
from bark-bark-barking
warning anyone away
who comes within fifty feet
of your precious 16 feet square
of dirt, worn down
to the dead stubs of grass
that once grew there

Yard dog, yard dog
for what do you long?
Your pads are crack-cracked,
and your fur is so rank
we can’t bring you in the house

you’re too big, anyway

If we let you off your chain
you’d knock down the kids,
horrify them
with your skanky breath
and paste their faces
with unwanted kisses

Yard dog, yard dog
what is it you want?
Shut up already,
we need some peace and quiet
around here


Rachel Westfall
December 29, 2008

13 comments:

Poetikat said...

Poor beast! Good poem though.

Kat

RachelW said...

http://animaladvocateswatchdog.com/cgi-bin/watchdog.pl/read/1235

Here is one of many yard dogs. Thanks for commenting, Kat!

Poetikat said...

He looks to be a Newfoundland dog to me. Good for you for giving him a good home and making his life as tolerable as possible. Is there no way you can give him a bath? Will he wear a muzzle?

Oh well. A tough life, but so many other dogs don't get any sort of rescue of DO end up dead.

Kat

RachelW said...

Yeah, he looks like a Newfie or a Newfie-cross, doesn't he? I haven't given him a good home, unfortunately; he is still on his chain. Someone is working hard to get him into the humane society shelter here in Whitehorse, and hopefully they will find a better home for him.

Anna Lefler said...

I love this and I love that you are helping him.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Take care and happy new year!

:^) Anna

S.L. Corsua said...

I'm a dog lover, to the bone (I used to take care of four to ten -- adults, excluding their litter -- of them, since I was just four or five until I moved out of the big house, into the city, and had to content myself with just one or two companions), so I have a really soft spot for dog poems, especially so when they're as true-to-a-dog's-life, fun to read aloud, imaginative, and expressive as yours. ;)

Thank you for sharing this piece. It brightens my mood so effortlessly. Have a blessed new year ahead. Cheers.

S.L. Corsua said...

Just to add (since I've now just read in full the article in the link provided in your reply to Kat): I'd have gladly taken Diesel myself, if I lived in Yukon or somewhere near there, and not halfway across the globe. Sigh. I'm praying, keeping my fingers crossed, that Diesel gets rescued and given a better life. Sniff.

RachelW said...

SL, Thanks for your comments! I'd have taken him myself too, if I could. Being inside city limits, with a full house of animals, I'm somewhat limited in how I can help. But things are looking more promising for Diesel; hopefully the humane society shelter can take him in soon. Then, even more hopefully, he'll be adopted or fostered out right away, so he doesn't become too shelter-ized (aggressive behind bars).

whispoet said...

In the sentiments of Kat -- poor dog, great poem. Know too many dogs like that. Got to be a way to better his situation. Lack of freedom is worse than death. But some don't even know they're not free. It's all in degrees, I guess.

Faith said...

Poor pup. The link up above didn't work for me. Was there a happy ending for that yard dog? I used to work at the Humane Society here. There are so many who need good homes. It can be so heart breaking.

RachelW said...

Hmm, I wonder why the link didn't work? It went through for me. Weird...

The dog is in a rehab place down south right now. Sort of like finishing school for a big, unruly country dog. A lot of resources are going into training him, but the people involved aren't prepared to give up! Hopefully he will have a happy ending. He is in good hands.

Faith said...

I will try the link again:) Oh, I am so glad he is in good hands:)

RachelW said...

Oh Faith, you know what? I think they took that specific post down. But you can see the dog's story and pictures here.

http://www.animaladvocates.com/happy-endings/diesel/