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A Boy And His Dog

They got him as a puppy when Danny was nearly three.
He was a scruffy little fellow and had no pedigree.
Daddy asked, "What are you going to name the little tyke?"
"Scruff" said Danny. "I think that's a name he'd like!"

They became the closest pals and were seldom seen apart.
Every move that Danny made, to him Scruff's eyes would dart.
Scruff would tag along with Danny to ensure he didn't stray.
At night as he dreamed of kings and things, Scruff nigh him lay.

The sun-tanned, barefoot boy and his dog formed a loving bond,
As they explored the fields and streams and veiled horizons beyond.
Scruff chased rabbits and butterflies as they took their daily tramp.
Danny shared his lunch with Scruff when they took a break to camp.

Time hastened on inexorably as it will and schooling beckoned Dan.
Through high school then on to college, Danny became a man.
Scruff was moving slower and gray hairs were seen upon his ruff.
'Twas apparent that time was taking its toll on good and faithful Scruff.

In a far-off place strife began and Danny marched off to war.
His heart was shattered as he left Scruff whimpering at the door.
'Twas to be their final farewell. Alas, Danny did not come home.
Never more would Scruff and his pal those fields of Indiana roam.

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Tied First Place in Seren Roberts "Little Lad And Big Dog" Contest - July 2013

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  1. Date: 7/12/2013 9:51:00 PM
    ROBERT, ~CONGRATULATIONS~ a fine winning poem in the "Little Lad and big Dog" contest by: Seren.... entertaining work... LINDA

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 3:07:00 PM
    The ghostly image of the dog sets up well with your story. They'll be eternally a little boy and a big dog. Beautiful story Robert. Congrats. Well deserved. Enjoyed!

  1. Date: 7/10/2013 4:36:00 PM
    A sweet story, Bob even though it ended so sadly. Congrats on your 1st place win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 6:40:00 AM
    so hauntingly sad congrats on your win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 2:23:00 AM
    Danny.......... became Dan is this great write. Congrats!

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 8:15:00 PM
    such a stunning heart shattering story. Absolutely a winner and well deserved

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 8:11:00 PM
    Im tearing up...Your fault Mr Bob..congrats on your big do have a way about your writing that gets to me. BG

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 7:46:00 PM
    Congrats on a joint first ....Seren

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 9:33:00 AM
    Really great storytelling here, Rob! Ever watch (or read about) the tale of Hashi? This reminded me a lot of that unbreakable bond between dog and master. Excellent work, yet again!

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 9:21:00 AM
    A good and touching story. Have a nice day. Linda

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 11:57:00 AM
    - So sad ..... (no laugh or smile ... you that always makes me laugh or smile) - Really a good poem, Bob. - Good luck in the contest, hoping it will win! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 3:38:00 PM
    a very sad one, and sure to do really well in the contest,Robert!

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 8:44:00 PM
    This is just beautiful sad but very loving and happy too..good piece you've,Deb

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 7:41:00 PM
    Wow, the thing that struck me the most was the fact that this dog must have been around 15 years old or more and still living when Danny left! That's an elderly dog, and it's nice to see he was true to his master! What a fantastic write Bob! I really enjoyed reading this delightful poem this evening! This is a tremendous piece, Great Work!!