Sprawls across our double bed as though it is her own
(A habit started early and never quite outgrown)
Adorns the kitchen table in posture like a sphinx
And though that’s unhygienic, that’s not quite what she thinks.
No-one dares chastise her and any naughty doing
Is added as a talent to the others she’s accruing.
We even took to spelling out certain words she knows
Are other dogs this clever? Some may be, I suppose.
This dog is really special. I know that she can feel
When someone has the lonelies, for up to you she’ll steal
And give you just a little lick, a subtle blink of eye
“I understand your problem” is the message she’ll imply.
It sort of makes me comfy to have a dog around
The unimposing presence that with humans isn’t found
You can’t get cross or cranky when a canine cuddles up
The world would be much better if it bought itself a pup.