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First Line: Those little woolly insect things
Last Line: I like a dog as is a dog!
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


Those little woolly insect things
That yip and squeak, I loathe, I swear;
I hate the tiny tyke that springs
Upon your lap and leaves his hair;
The silly Pekinese that stare
As though their brains were in a fog
Are something that I cannot bear;
I like a dog as is a dog!

The minute hairless freak just stings
My temper to a furious flare;
The in-bred Spitz or Poodle brings
Into my eyes a maniac glare.
How can one with such playthings share
Work, hope and pain, or with them jog
In comrade-wise life's thoroughfare?
I like a dog as is a dog!

A dog whose very barking rings
With joy and trust, whose eyes declare
A love and faith denied to Kings;
Who's with you in defeat, despair.
A dog with size and strength to spare
Through roughest, toughest paths to slog.
His pedigree? What do I care?
I like a dog as is a dog.

ENVOY

Old pal, you have a knowing air.
It's you I mean, who, all agog,
Wagging your tail, sit beaming there—
I like a dog as is a dog!





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