The Girl with the Curl (with apologies to Ted Geisel)

Yesterday was a hectic day. Apollo had his dental, and of course everything went fine, at least from my perspective. From his perspective, he was unceremoniously deprived of breakfast, stuffed into a carrier, and dumped into a moving vehicle next to Brody for a terrifying ride into town.

THEN he was poked, prodded, shaved, rendered unconscious, only to be awoken, groggy and disoriented with a funny taste in his mouth. THEN he had to go in the car again.

Brody went to doggie day care, to run off some of the crazy. He likes that.

Which leaves Koa. Poor Koa with her separation anxiety had to be home alone all day, so of the three of them I’d say it was a tossup between her and Apollo as to who was the most miserable.

Yesterday was also the birthday of the dearly departed Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, fellow San Diegan and writer extraordinaire. In honor of his birthday, I composed a little poem about Koa’s day.

The Girl with the Curl

Although the sun shone

I was too sad to play.

So I sat in the house, all that long lonely day.

I sat there all lonesome, just one dog, not two.

And I said, “How I wish I had left with them too!”

I just sat there and cried, left my Kong by the door

I just sat and felt sad, lost, alone and ignored.

And all I could do was to bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

From the morning till lunchtime, my mood bleak and dark.

And then something went HEY!

How that HEY made me bay!

So I looked! Then I saw her step in with a twirl.

I looked! And I saw her! The Girl with the Curl!

“Now now, have no fear. Have no fear!” said the girl.

“I’ll always come back,” said the Girl with the Curl.

“Now here are some pets. Have some kisses, love too,”

Said the Girl with the Curl. “I came home just for you.”

And I ate up my Kong, and some lunch, and a treat.

Having her all to myself was so neat.

Then she left me again, and I sniffled a bit,

But the Girl With the Curl said, “Now don’t have a snit!”

“I’ll be back in a jiffy! An hour or two!”

Said the girl, “And the one dog will then become two.

“I’ll bring back your Brody, and before I am through,

I’ll bring back Apollo for good measure too!”

And then she was gone, with a flip of her head,

Leaving me with a small sense of dear dread.

But true to her word, she came back with ado,

The Girl With the Curl, and the dog and cat too.

She may leave for a moment, a minute or two

But the girl will come back for me always, ’tis true.

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  • Smile! Even betterthan your Haiku!

  • Georgia Jewel

    Excellent! She is such a doll!

  • Tonya

    Awww! Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ And love Koa too!

  • A poem that paints a very clear pictures.. and warms the heart. After all, we all have our things we need help to get through ๐Ÿ™‚


  • martina

    Very well done! I liked how the photos matched the story

  • Lisa W

    LOVE this! What a sweetie. Pets from me too, Koa! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aw, Koa!! ur mama loves you too much to stray too far!!
    and what a Clever rhyme!! i think Dr. Seuss would be pleased.
    big sloppy kisses to the Koa-monster. xoxo

  • Leigh

    Like x 100

  • Aw…. that’s bittersweet and very cute!

  • wonderful poem Dr. Vi! Reminded me of dear departed Keisha who suffered so much from anxiety. I was her dog sitter.

  • Tamara

    Awwww, so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vanesha

    This feels like you wrote a love story for Koa. I’m so happy she’s with you after the life she must have had, she definitely earned the right to be so cherished

  • Cathey

    Love it, Love It, LOVE IT!! And I’m presuming Koa was a good girl or there would have been more verses to the poem! PS-I don’t know if those photos are current, but she looks slimmer there!

  • I love this! Dr. Seuss would be proud. :o)

  • Hi Y’all,

    Even my Human enjoyed your poem.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • Kim

    That is so sweet!

  • Neat poem! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love your poems. They might be my favorite part of Pawcurious.