Finally, A Voice!!!—A Letter from Two Bad (Misunderstood) Dogs

Today they chose my suggestion for the daily prompt! It was: Return Address—Yesterday, your pet/baby/inanimate object could read your post. Today, they can write back (thanks for the suggestion, lifelessons!). Write a post from their point of view (or just pick any non-verbal creature/object).

If you’d like to see the letter the below post answers, please go here.

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Finally, A Voice!!
(A Letter from Two Bad (Misunderstood) Dogs)

Do you think it’s simple, giving voice to our demands
without the proper vocal chords, without your human hands?
Everytime we try to talk, you scold us and you hush us,
even though you’ve just admitted that our howls are luscious.

And lacking proper fingers, we cannot write you letters.
We aren’t given proper tools to address our “betters.”
Simply howls and growls and barks and waggings of the tail—
and yet you do not take the time to learn this doggy Braille!

If you’d listen closer, perhaps you’d understand us.
Instead you shout out, “Stop!” and “Hush!” and seek to countermand us.
Can’t you understand that we’re protecting you from prowlers?
Feral cats and owls and skunks and nearby canine howlers?

We have such curiosity, though you determine to balk us.
We wouldn’t have to rush the gate if you’d take time to walk us!
We have to climb up on the roof to get a worldly view.
We wouldn’t be there barking if you’d take us out with you!

As for the cat food, take a clue. The reason we adore it
Is ‘cause it’s smelly, wet and luscious. Dog food? We abhor it!
That cat leaves a bit to tempt us—it’s a cruel feline game!
So why not buy us cat food? It costs you just the same.

And now the final agony. The ultimate tragic hitch,
Not only can our mom not cook, but now we make her itch!
No wonder our neuroses include jostling for attention.
A mother who can’t touch us? This escaped your earlier mention.

We thought you didn’t like us so we tried to win your favor.
Your touch is what we long for even more than cat food’s savor.
And as for pooping in the yard, you never told us to
sneak behind the garden shed to have our little poo.

You seem to think we know these things, but where would we have learned?
It’s you who should have taught us, for obedience must be earned.
If you would spend more time with us, perhaps you’d finally see
there is no other creature with whom we would rather be.

24 thoughts on “Finally, A Voice!!!—A Letter from Two Bad (Misunderstood) Dogs

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Frida came long before Diego, but when he picked me (wandered into my doctor’s waiting room, cased out everyone and zeroed right in on the most vulnerable) it was an even draw between Diego and Diablo for awhile. Then I decided Diego covered them both! I was surprised, but glad to have a chance to look at things through my housemates’ eyes. Can the cats be far behind? One moved out and in with the neighbors. Now there’s a story!

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  1. mandy

    Your poem was a wonderful way to start my day, Judy! My Joey-Doodle lays at my feet sleeping and I feel guilty, now that I understand “his language” through the voices of your two “misunderstood” dogs! 😀 Congratulations!

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  3. lifelessons Post author

    I loved the metaphysical poets: Herrick, Herbert and Donne. Give me a conceit any old day. Stretching a metaphor is a game of sorts. An illustrious article, Mark. Judy


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  6. OnChi

    I caught onto the line about the itching. I have the same problem, due to all of the poison ivy around my area. I keep Dawn dishwashing detergent in the bathroom and wash my hands with it after every petting session. That gets the poison ivy off my hands. With my bigger, furrier dog (now gone), I had to wear dishwashing gloves to pet him, because I couldn’t get him upstairs to bathe him.

    I adore that comical picture. Tongue out, tail wagging “did’ja buy cat food for us today, Mummy, huh? did’ja, did’ja?”


            1. lifelessons Post author

              Great! They love to have company and are good hosts. Karen and Susan remembered Billy and you..but thought Paula was much older than you. How do you remember her?


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