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After Annie's death, the first line of Herrick's "On His Mistresses" kept running through my mind. "I have lost , and lately, these many dainty mistresses". (I don't know if he lost them to death or if he lost them because they left him or he left them and then regretted doing so.) Over the years I have loved and lost to death so many much loved dogs.
But it's impossible to sum up a dog's personality and history in just one rhymed couplet or quatrian. I've put links to the pages that give more extensive stories.
On Her Lost Dogs
(Dogs loved and lost to death)
by Pam Green, © 2020
(after "On His Mistresses" by Herrick)
I have lost , through life's long days,
Puppy Keya, first of all,
Some hundred fosters came and went
Simone D Bouvie, Sweetie-pie,
Duke, his owner claimed did bite ;
Pixel, her seductive guiles
Shady, fiercely guarded food
Hazel , slave of puppy mill,
Golden Grover, stray on street.
Little Walter, sweet old man,
Moma proved that "orange is black",
Old Paddy padded home at last,
Murphey and Annie, old and wise,
Still Three remain to cheer my age
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