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First Line: Give the kid a dog and you've furnished him a playmate
Last Line: Give the kid a dog.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


Give the kid a dog and you've furnished him a playmate
Always true and faithful as can be,
Lover and companion, a loyal night-and-day mate,
Full of warm affection and of glee.
Give the kid a dog, be it Airedale, bull, or collie,
Ready for a romp or for a jog,
Tail forever wagging in a manner that is jolly—
Give the kid a dog.

Give the kid a dog and you've surely given something
Valued more than figures can compute.
Friendship, love and service in the bosom of a dumb thing
Golden hearted glamour in a brute.
There's a faithful warder who will free your mind of worry,
One with quick intelligence agog.
Be he mutt or champion, short-haired breed or furry—
Give the kid a dog.





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