the Bateman’s pug, Beanie, was always my favourite
she and the black lab lived next door
that summer their owners were gone
and we got to pretend to have a dog for awhile

one Christmas Sunshine came to stay
only he spent most of the day sleeping
and smelled as old as he was
the fireworks New Year’s Eve made him panic

when I was ten
I bought an encyclopedia of dogs
memorized all the breeds
and gloated over my favourites for weeks

by then I’d decided on big dogs
little ones were yappy, unimpressive
but lately the superiority of pugs
has reasserted itself

someday, I’ll have one
(named Beastly)


Prompt for April 4: animal 

This is part of the April Poem a Day Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides


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