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01 April, 2010

Happy Birthday, Beloved Dinah

We celebrate this lovely day with one of the first poems I ever memorized. Mama and I always quoted it to our fireside-sleek dogs.

Lone Dog
Irene Rutherford McLeod

I'm a lean dog, a keen dog, a wild dog and lone;
I'm a rough dog, a tough dog, hunting on my own;
I'm a bad dog, a mad dog, teasing silly sheep;
I love to sit and bay the moon, to keep fat souls from sleep.

I'll never be a lap dog, licking dirty feet,
A sleek dog, a meek dog, cringing for my meat,
Not for me the fireside, the well-filled plate,
But shut door, and sharp stone, and cuff and kick, and hate.

Not for me the other dogs, running by my side,
Some have run a short while, but none of them would bide.
Oh mine is still the lone trail, the hard trail, the best,
Wide wind, and wild stars, and hunger of the quest!

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10 Comments:

Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Happy Birthday Dinah!

Or, should I say, "Woof! Woof!"?

April 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger K. said...

Happy Birthday, beautiful Dinah!

Not being much of a dog person (oh, I know. I consider it a character flaw, too) I have to say that I am completely won over by the pictures you share and the love apparent for your puppies. It's made me love them, too. (Maybe it helps, but just a little, that they can't drool on me from this distance.) ;)

April 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy Birthday Dinah!

Now I'm off to quote poetry to my fireside-sleek dogs.

April 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Evensong said...

Moses and Philip (The Katz) wish Dinah a very happy birthday. They ask that she not lick them "thank you." They're so persnickety! Love the picture. ~~ Leslie

April 1, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Saucy said...

Doggie birthdays are cause for great celebration! Did she get a nice treat??

Because, as you know, your readers love poems but we assume Dinah is not motivated much by literature.

April 1, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Professor J said...

Well, there was a big pot of chicken soup.

April 1, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Christine Caver said...

Awwwww, beautiful Dinah, many happy returns!

April 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Sojourner said...

Sorry I am late, Dinah, happy birthday. But you see, I was busy celebrating Lucy's birthday. She had her niece and nephew over and romped in the backyard.

April 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Dinah is a beauty :-) Bet she had a great birthday!

April 5, 2010 at 7:59 PM  
Anonymous apathy lounge said...

Sweet dog!!

April 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

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