A Girl And Her Dog
By: Connie Sanders
My dog walked into my room last night,
Where I sat in my favorite
And he laid a soft paw upon my lap
Just to tell me that he
reached out to stroke his silky head,
And I heard his trembling
I saw the love that he felt for me
In his deep brown,
I knew there was something he wanted to say,
he laid his dear head on my knee;
Then he held his breath, and he
closed his eyes,
And he said, “ Will you marry me?”
could have heard a pin drop!
There was no sound in the place
gazed at the deep and earnest look
That he wore on his trusting face.
“But I can’t”, I said with a nervous laugh.
“I’m engaged already,
He said, “Yes, that’s true, but between us two,
love you much better than he.”
He said, “Haven’t I always been
When you needed a paw to hold,
When the days seemed long and
things went wrong,
And life was too hard and cold?”
didn’t I sit and lick your hand
Even when you were lost in thought,
And remembered to kiss your cheek goodnight
When everyone else
So I thought for a while, and I had to smile:
Everything that he said was true.
But…. A dog and a girl? It’s a
But I knew this just wouldn’t do.
different kind of love,” I said,
“The kind you share with a man,
That a canine pal, though he’s loyal to his gal,
Just never could
Then a pained look wandered across his face,
he carried his thought to the end:
He said, “Human passion always
goes out of fashion.
What you need is a real Best Friend!”
was right, I knew, and his words were true;
For I’d heard many times
in my life
That a man will woo till you say “I do”,
Then forget to
keep courting his wife.
So I said, “But where would you wear the
For your toes are much too short,
And it just wouldn’t look
right around your tail.”
Then he let out a little snort:
have worn your ring, O my one true love,
Ever since we have been
With so much pride I could burst inside:
little band of leather.”
sometimes you’ve tied a string to me
To bind me more closely still,
But I’ve never strayed from your side, my love,
And you know that I
“Remember, you’ll always be my girl!
I have never
looked at another.
I have always thought you are beautiful,
get along well with your mother.)”
“I listen with true amazement
To every word that you say.
I think you are wise; and I love your
I simply can’t look away.”
“I don’t care to watch the
I would much rather walk with you.
And I love every
meal that you cook for me….
I love everything that you do!”
I glanced across at the La-Z-Boy,
Where the man I had planned to wed
Was in lala land, a remote in his hand,
And a pillow over his head.
His eyes were shut, and his mouth was open;
His snoring rang loud
‘Twas the most he’d said since he got out of bed.
admit that I shed a tear.)
So I said to my dog, “But, your life’s
We have so little time together.
It wouldn’t have quite
the same meaning
To say we will love forever.”
“It’s true,” he
answered, “Dogs don’t live long.
But let me just ask you this:
Would you take a lifetime of misery
Over fifteen years of bliss?
“And after I’m gone, your life goes on.
And when you get past the
If another good dog should come your way
You have time left
to love again.
“ Yes, I know I can’t give you children,
maybe we can adopt.
And if we do…........ I will love them too!”
Then, just for a moment, he stopped.
A look of great sadness
clouded his eyes
As he glanced at the easy chair;
“In a perfect
world, a dog and a girl
Would be the most logical pair!”
a deep, sad sigh he lay down at my feet,
And he said no more that
And all the next day, as I went on my way,
I began to see
he was right.
Still! A wedding was out of the question.
couldn’t just “give me his paw”.
The world wouldn’t see what his love
means to me…
But yet………we could live common law!
It was legal
in any country.
No social taboos were in sight.
It could be the
most splendid arrangement!
It just couldn’t be more right.
I told him, “I’ll be here forever!
I will love you ‘til death do us
I’ll be tender and true! It’s the least I can do
For a dog
with a dear, selfless heart.
I will honor and cherish your
And be kind all the days of your life.
I will hold you
and feed you. I always will need you;
I’ll be just as good as a
So .....I married my dog! (In my heart, you see...)
I know you might howl with laughter,
But I knew it was true when I
said “I do”
We’d live happily, ever after.