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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
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Mongrel

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (3213 reads)
A puppy dog without a collar

Mongrel

A puppy dog without a collar
    Annexed me on my evening walk;
His coat suggested fleas and squalor,
    His tail had never known a dock.
So humble, trusting, wistful was he,
    I gave his head a cautious pat,
Then I regretted it because he
    Accompanied me to my door-mat.

And there with morning milk I found him,
    Where he had slumbered all the night;
I could not with displeasure hound him,
    So wonderful was his delight.
And so with him I shared my porridge -
    Oh! How voraciously he ate!
And then I had the woeful courage
    To thrust him through the garden gate.

But there all morning long he waited;
    I had to sneak out by the back.
To hurt his feelings how I hated,
    Yet somehow he got my track.
For down the road he sudden saw me
    And though in trees I tried to hide,
How pantingly he sought to paw me,
    And yelped with rapture by my side.

Poor dirty dog! I should have coshed him,
    But after all 'twas not his fault;
And so I took him home and washed him,
    - I'm that soft-hearted kind of dolt.
But then he looked so sadly thinner,
    Though speckless clean and airy bright,
I had to buck him up with dinner
    And kept him for another night.

And now he is a household fixture
    And never wants to leave my side;
A doggy dog, a mongrel mixture,
    I couldn't lose him if I tried.
His tail undocked is one wild wiggle,
    His heaven is my happy nod;
His life is one ecstatic wriggle,
    And I'm his God.


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