Testing Fido

Testing Fido

This test is good in ascertaining
if your dog recalls his training
and, further, it is meant to see
the extent of his fidelity.
In a fire or in a quake,
what action is he bound to take?
Will he quiver, cower and shake,
lose his head and run or quake
or will adrenalin make him faster
to locate and to save his master?
I do not wish to amplify
where your canine’s faults might lie,
but in times of peril he must
justify his master’s trust.
Just leave a burger in a pan
to start a fire if you can.
Feign sleep and see if he reacts
by waking you or if he acts
in his own interest first, and eats
the burger before he retreats
to give you ample time and warning
to view the damage before morning!
Will frenzy beat out appetite?
Or will Fido choose to bite 
the burger, and the hand that feeds him,
forsaking the one who needs him?


I know this is a horrible poem, but for once the prompts defeated me. I was going to junk it, but will post it as testimony to the fact I tried. Sort of. Prompt words today were ascertain, fidelity, amplify and frenzy.

10 thoughts on “Testing Fido

    1. lifelessons Post author

      My dog actually did remove 5 pork chops from the skillet as they cooked without upsetting the pan or getting burned.. I’ll never know how. He also opened a Tupperware container of three dozen cookies and ate them all, then nestled the top, unsealed, on top of the container on the counter so I didn’t even know until I decided I wanted a cookie myself and found they were all gone. He is a master when it comes to edible trickery.

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      1. Mister Bump UK

        You don’t know whether to praise them or chastise them. Our cat managed to get a lamb chop out of the bin the other night. I had no idea it was even there!
        But… he didn’t try eating any, which shows my missus was probably right to throw it away in the first place 🤣

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  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    The Duke is FAST. Turn your back and that muffin is gone! We’ve always had dogs and cats in the house and none of them have been shy about eating anything they can get their fangs into. The cats ate less, but worked faster — and they could JUMP.

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