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When I Walk with My Dog

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Lots of people talk to animals. Not that many listen though. That’s the problem. ~Winnie-the-Pooh


When I walk with my Dog, I learn many things
by experiencing his downright Joy.


His nose is down
from the moment we leave the car,
for he’s sure that he smells them already!


And he’s off!
Full speed ahead, no gear but high!
“I must go full boar, for I’ve been wandering around the house now for hours,
picking up socks
and bras
and sticking my nose in the house plants


But that just don’t satisfy my need for speed-


I need to hear the crackle of the leaves
as I leave them in the dust
and investigate
every piece of matter


for when I am back in doors
it’s all the same 
The chair
the couch
the bed
the crate


I
see it
again
and again


day after day
and it all smells the same


but I look out the door
and I’m sure that there’s more
There’s so much to see
and so much to do!


Before too long
I’ll be knee deep in snow
and I’ll have to run faster


My lungs fill with air
my heart fills my chest
I sense there’s a Deer
and a Fox
and His Lair


I must step with care
for we share the same Lair


And we share it with care
for we’re only turn-takers there


And as I round the last fork
in the sweet smelling wood
I climb back in the car
then the chair
then the couch


where the vantage point is fair
to see a Bus driver near
carrying children I know
who have only one gear!

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