This Year’s Additions

This Year’s Additions

They jockey for attention and steal the old dog’s ball.
When I try to calm them down, it does no good at all.
To get any quiet time, I have to lock them out.
Paths worn through the garden show where they’ve run about.

They commandeer my deck chairs in spite of my requests
that they should surrender them to my party guests.
They  make off with my underwear for a tug-of-war
so it has been three times now I’ve had to order more.

Puppies are enchanting when one first gains custody,
but they jump up on my lap each time I try to pee.
When I go to bed at night, exhausted from my day,
that’s the time they want to join me for frenetic play.

They walk across my laptop to burrow in my hair.
They are an energizer bunny sort of pair.
My sister says I’m crazy. Two puppies in one year?
But the first one was so tiny and the second was so dear.

Their delight in each other so delighted me
that I had to add them to our family tree.
Three dogs and two cats, it’s true, is probably too many.
The only thing that would be worse is if I hadn’t any!!!


Prompt words today are path, custody, enchanting, jockey and ball.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

19 thoughts on “This Year’s Additions

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I life without ones pets does seem rather dreary, doesn’t it? I’d have more, but the Duke really wants to be THE dog and considering how expensive vet care has gotten, we have let him have his way. Morrie must be getting up there by now. I so very much miss our Scotties!


        1. lifelessons Post author

          The thing is that most Mexican houses, like mine, have no cooling or heating systems and I had to have the gas to my fireplace turned off because of a leak. Also, houses make of brick and concrete hold in the coolness. Great in the summer, but if it gets a bit cold, they can get very nippy. On the other hand, we don’t especially have winter weather here. Usually I go outside and I warm up. it is inside that I’m a bit cool these days.

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