THE BALLAD OF DOUGLAS THE DOG

Douglas the dog

was a cute little chap

with a nice blue collar

and spots on his back,

with his puppy dog eyes

he would make you smile

and give him a hug

every once in a while.

 

He was very well known

for his bold and brave deeds

and he always helped out

any people in need.

He could often be seen

walking down the road

with peoples shopping

and other heavy loads.

 

He once helped a kitten

who was stuck up a tree

by climbing to the top

past a hive of busy bees,

then holding the baby

gently in his jaws

he struggled back down

to a round of applause.

 

Then there was the time

he swam out in the lake

to rescue some cookies

that his neighbour had baked.

She’d dropped the large tub

whilst crossing a bridge

but soon they were all

safely back in her fridge.

 

Everybody loved him

and patted his back

whenever they saw him

walking down the track.

The children would smile

and shout with joy

hugging his neck, saying,

“What a good boy!”

One day he fell ill;

had to stay in his bed,

so they took it in turns

to stroke his soft head.

Everyone worried

and did all they could

to help him get better

as quick as he could.

 

Before very long

he was back on his feet

and everyone cheered

as he walked down the street.

They hugged him and stroked him

and said he was ace

so he answered their praise

by licking their face.

  

*

Written by Darren Scanlon, 16th September 2015.

Revised 13th May 2016

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris White says:

    Douglas dog, superdog. Brilliant post.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. joylennick says:

    Woof woof. Good to see you back in the ‘saddle.’ Here’s one of mine to hopefully keep that smile in place:
    SOLE MATES
    I must tell you of a romance
    that’s sadly on the rocks;
    not between the sexes
    but between some classy socks.

    It started up last Christmas day:
    when aunt Louise arrived to stay.
    She put a box beneath the tree
    containing lovers: he and me!

    A present for her favourite:’Fred’ –
    a studded punk with hair of red –
    in bovver boots we both did tread
    and vowed we’d be forever wed.

    We snuggled in the sock drawer,
    we ran. we walked, we ‘washed.,’
    hung side by side upon the line
    and by the winds were tossed.

    And then, one day,
    he went away, without an explanation.
    So here I lie with nylon strangers
    expecting expiration.

    Where oh where has my darling sole mate gone?
    I really am bereft and feeling quite alone.
    I’ve heard there is a sock hole –
    where lost socks gravitate,
    I hope that isn’t true for I’m pining for my mate.
    .
    If you come across him –
    do to him relate
    that I miss him dearly every day
    and want to know his fate.

    <best wishes
    Joy x

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Its good to be back, thanks Joy.

      What a ‘socking’ great piece…loved it! 🙂🙃

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  3. Rita says:

    😝 it’s the closest to licking his face I can get! Words aren’t sufficient to tell you how happy I am to read Darren again❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Excellent, he love’s a good lick, (who doesn’t 😂😂). It’s so good to back in my study and doing what I enjoy the most. 🙂🙃

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rita says:

        And it’s so good to have you back❤️

        Liked by 1 person

  4. noelleg44 says:

    This is so cool, Darren. It needs a book! Would love to read it to youngsters – could rival Sam, I Am.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Noelle.

      Like

  5. smithaw50 says:

    A dog who saves cookies from a raging river is a friend for life.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. gauravbarot says:

    Brilliant, Darren Sir

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Poli Impeli says:

    Hermoso, as always! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  8. sevoiland says:

    Oh, thank God. I thought you were going to knock off the pup. I much prefer the happy and silly poetry/writing lately. I needed this smile today, Darren. As always, your word skills lift us. Thanks so much.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure, Sharon. Glad I could help. Keep Smiling 😊

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