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Published January 08. 2011 09:00AM

Dear Editor,

My family thinks "house is too quiet,"

And also thinks "mom needs a pet"

I told them no more pets in this house

No matter how quiet it gets.

"Don't dare bring a cat, dog, nor bird here

I know you've been taking a poll

To decide what you think would work out here.

And, above all, NO fish in a bowl."

I knew I could visit a shelter

If I needed to pet someone's pet

Someone who took home a cute puppy

Not thinking 'bout how big he'd get.

It's not very far to the shelter

And I drove almost up to the door

Then what did I see when it opened

But fat puppies all over the floor.

There were visitors "oohing and aahing"

Some siting and some on their knees

Some petting and cooing and calling

For one to come closer to squeeze.

I quietly stood in the background

Watching the scene from my stand

When I noticed the small mommy dog there

Circling and kissing each hand.

Does she think, "My puppies are sweethearts

I know they are cute as can be

But please is there any of you here

Who might have a place for me?"

Well the puppies went off with new owners

Those of adoptable age

While mommy dog turned around slowly

And sadly walked back to her cage.

My time came to leave from the shelter


You know, I just came for a visit

And that's been a widely known fact.

Oh yes, sweet puppies are tempting

And, yes, they're as cute as can be

But there are no puppies in my house

Nope, now there's just "mommy" and me.

Jacque Patrick


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