A classmate in Agility class has been haveing trouble getting her dog, who is of a highly energetic hunting breed, to "COME" reliably. I had already recommended two books which held helpful material and then I thought to add "Beyond Obedience" by April Frost. "That's Frost , as in Robert."
So of course the moment I considered that memmonic, the line popped into my head "whose dog this is , I think I know" and, with it, the desire to write about a dog who never was taught a reliable recall. So in Frost's simple but difficult rhyme theme, here is a verse about a dog who is either lost or abandoned because he would not come when his human called him and the passerby who tries compassionately but unsuccessfully to rescue him from his predicament.
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
(attempting to rescue a dog)
by Pam Green , © 2003
Whose dog this is, I think I know ;
O Dog, you ought to think it queer
O Dog, your master's worse than dumb :
Your eyes are lonely, dark and deep.
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