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Big Dog

A narrow set of stairs, open on one side,
Goes down into the basement by the washing machine.

When she was little she'd watch me do laundry.
She stood sideways on the stairs, where we were eye-to-eye.

She liked being up there - I'd pet her,
It was bonding, the age-old connection between dogs and people.

Now she's big, she's so big she doesn't fit -
Gravity tries to pull her off the side or to the bottom.

It's hilarious how she contorts herself, putting all paws together,
Dancing and stuttering - trying to be entirely on that one stair tread.

I have to go around, up, and hug her -
"Oh, aren't you something...”

Things are good now; she’s a great dog,
Yet I guess I miss those days too.

Copyright © Doug Vinson | Year Posted 2017


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Date: 4/5/2019 4:00:00 AM

Reading this makes me miss my dog Maxi. Very fond memories of our quiet furry yet gentle friends. ~Phatt
Date: 11/17/2018 9:34:00 AM

7 up
Date: 4/16/2018 11:51:00 PM

Doug this brings back memories of the times with my dog. Those funny little moments stay with you forever. Great write Doug. Blessings Carl
Date: 1/4/2018 5:12:00 PM

A great tribute to your furry friend!
Date: 9/30/2017 11:42:00 PM

First of all thank you for inspiring my poem and Mono Rhyme. This poem is superb and is with full of literary devices. I thoroughly enjoyed your poem and could connect with certain emotions you put into them I am looking forward for more use from your side. thank you once again
Date: 9/20/2017 7:12:00 AM

Excellent write... Hope all is well with you Doug..
Date: 9/11/2017 11:36:00 AM

What a nice tribute to our pets. She sounds perfect.
Date: 8/19/2017 7:07:00 AM

...popping by to say hello Doug:) I saw your reply to Connie below and wow...what a journey you have been on! No easy feat, I hope you are proud of yourself and enjoying summer. The writing will come; often when we forge a new path it takes a bit for the bones to settle, to feel peace where were at. You are a natural storyteller and I wish you sweet success and laughter every step of the way:)
Date: 8/12/2017 4:35:00 PM is kind of like watching your little one grow larger. You miss them being small, yet you enjoy how they have grown as well. A very sweet poem Doug. You have not been posting lately. I hope you are well? : )
Date: 6/14/2017 9:11:00 AM

Thank you for kindness in Brian's blog...very much...a topic that will gain momentum in yrs to're insight begs a coffee-house discussion! This poem...the reader easily feels a part of this fine prose, continue to cherish moments filled with love, Doug! ...jimmy (I'm 61 today!)
Date: 6/12/2017 2:53:00 PM

Doug: I suppose 1/3 of folks love dogs, 1/3 love cats and 1/3 have allergies. :o)I'm one of the dog lovers. When my Sheltie died, I also swore off dogs. It's been about 15 yrs and I still have her dog tag on my key ring. She was a honey. Of course I have several dog rhymes as well. :o) Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with all of us on the soup. Keep them coming. oldbuck
Date: 5/8/2017 10:38:00 AM

You great verses , reminded me of how much I miss my beloved, Midnight.. After Midnight passed away I swore to never get another dog -for me- , and all these years I have kept that oath.. faving this one..
Date: 5/6/2017 3:24:00 PM

A very dear story.
Date: 5/3/2017 8:31:00 AM

Beautiful... Made my me smile :)
Date: 5/2/2017 7:44:00 PM

This makes me miss my dog, Harley! It's quite a special relationship between a man and his dog!
Date: 4/26/2017 3:52:00 PM

Hahahaha, the dog is so big now and you miss those days when it was little...
Date: 4/24/2017 2:53:00 PM

There is nothing like the bond between pets and humans. A charming poem. John
Date: 4/23/2017 6:58:00 AM

:) How sweet...memories last a lifetime. Doggies, like humans, are cute at every stage...if they are looked upon with eyes of love.
Date: 4/20/2017 5:43:00 AM

Very nice poem. Creativity in your verse is clearly seen. Good use of gravity!
Date: 4/19/2017 3:25:00 PM

Ahhh!! Enjoyed reading your work..I remember when we had Black Lab mixed with a Border Collie(who was a great animal) and my husband would let him get in his lap from the start..One day I walked into the office and there was my husband sitting there with the big black dog hanging across his lap..LOL..Dogs are special..Thanks for dropping by..Sara
Date: 4/18/2017 8:29:00 AM

Doug, A great write about your best friend! I know the feeling is mutual, My best, chuck
Date: 4/17/2017 1:11:00 PM

hello, doug... got more?.. huggs
Date: 4/17/2017 7:10:00 AM

i'm more of a cat person, fact one of my nicknames is catwoman lol
Date: 4/15/2017 7:16:00 AM

Affectionate lines for an affectionate friend... Love it, Doug! I couldn't bear a home without my pet.
Date: 4/14/2017 10:18:00 AM

Well penned poem. I also have a dog, but not as big as you describe.
Date: 4/13/2017 9:34:00 PM

Wish I had time to look for a poem of yours to read. But I came back to this one and noticed how tall the person in the picture is. Is that you? I really love your Big Dog poem!
Date: 4/13/2017 8:42:00 PM

Enjoyed reading your poem. I have a Yorkie that was supposed to be only 5 pounds, but nature fooled us and now his 16 pounds of love.... Oh, he tries to hog the bed at night and tries to push me off..
Date: 4/12/2017 4:38:00 PM

Great poem! I've had more than my share of dogs and i miss every last one of them and i still have amazing memories of them all.
Date: 4/12/2017 3:50:00 PM

How adorably sweet this is ...Very sweet..Nostalgic too for me..I could so those days when my dog Bimba was still alive..lovely.
Date: 4/12/2017 12:23:00 PM

What a sweet story, Doug. I just got another dog after being "dogless" for a few years. Yes, they are such a comfort and though mine is small she is "big" in my eyes.
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