"Bet You Can't Own Just One"

  The following poem probably sums up our lifestyle:

Why own a Show Dog? There’s a danger you know
You can’t own just one, for the craving will grow.
There’s no doubt they’re addictive, wherein lies the danger
While living with lots, you’ll grow poorer and stranger.

One dog is no trouble, and two are so funny
The third one is easy, the fourth one’s a honey
The fifth is delightful; the sixth one’s a breeze.
You find you can live with a houseful, with ease.

So how about another? Would you really dare?
They’re really quite easy, but oh Lord, the hair!
With dogs on the sofa and dogs on the bed
And crates in the kitchen, “its no bother” you said.

They’re really no trouble, their manners are great
What’s just one more dog and one more little crate?
The sofa is hairy, the windows are crusty,
The floor is all footprints, the furniture is dusty.

The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care,
Who minds a few nose prints, and a little more hair.
So lets keep a puppy, you can always find room
And a little more time for the dust cloth and broom.

There’s hardly a limit to the dogs you can add.
The thought of a cutback, sure makes you feel sad.
Each one is special, so useful, so funny,
The food bill grows larger, you owe the vet money.

Your folks never visit, few friends come to stay,
Except other dog folk who live the same way.
Your lawn has now died and your shrubs are dead, too
Your weekends are busy, you’re off with your crew.

There’s dog food and vitamins, training and shots...
And entries and travel and motels which cost lots
“ Is it worth it?” you wonder? “Are you caught in a trap?
Then your favourite comes up and climbs on your lap.

Her look says you’re special and you know that you will
Keep all the critters in spite of the bill.
Some just for showing and some just to breed
And some just for loving, they all fill a need.

Winter is a hassle, but the dogs love it, true,
And they must have their walks though you’re numb and blue
Late evening is awful, you scream and you shout
At the dogs on the sofa who refuse to go out.

The dogs and the dog shows, the travel, the thrills
The work and the worry, the pressure, the bills!
The whole thing seems worth it, the dogs are your life.
They’re charming and funny and offset the strife.

Your lifestyle has changed, things just won’t be the same.
Yes those dogs are addictive and so is the dog game!

Author Unknown

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