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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: Poor Little Rich Dog
By Carol Welch


God is slow to anger and rich in faithful love. (Paraphrase of Exodus 34:6).

Poor Little Rich Dog

Dandy the dog from the dead end street
Went out for the day with no shoes on his feet.
We all agree hes a nifty, fine hound.
Hes friendly and knows everybody in town.

Tuesday is play day, thats easy to see,
By the number of dogs at the park at 3:00.
Hes always on time. Its his favorite day
To meet Penny the Poodle at the park and play.

Today of all days, hes a pitiful sight.
Everyone wonders if he lost a fight.
Covered with mud from his head to his toe,
That last rain puddle hurt more than we know.

He shakes off the mud and hears Penny proclaim,
You poor, poor thing, what a terrible shame!
You need a bath. I know just the place.
Some soap and a brush will put a smile on your face.

Dont call me poor. I dont think Im poor.
I want to be rich; I know that for sure.
I might be the dog from the dead end street,
But Im the richest dog that youll ever meet.

As mud slowly dries in the warm sunny air,
Dandy thinks he might need a jacket to wear.
Something to cover the dirt and the grime,
Something he can wear nearly all the time.

He knows just the place; he'll find just the thing.
Something so perfect, hell feel like a king.
Pete is a Pug at the Pet Store you see.
He has everything any good dog might need.

At the counter he notices Pete is surprised.
Where is your owner? You must be supervised.
Owner, what is this confusing new rule?
I dont understand and I feel like a fool!

Oh, you poor thing, you just dont know,
Each dog has an owner on a leash, in a show.
If you want to shop, you must enter to win.
Best owner and dog get a first place pin.

Dont call me poor, Dandy says with a frown.
Im as rich as can be; you just cant see it now.
I might be a dog from the dead end street,
But Ill find an owner who thinks Im sweet.

In the cool evening air, discouraged and sad,
Dandy searches for a friend who'll make him feel glad.
Chico Chihuahua is always at Church,
In the yard near the cross is his favorite perch.

I have a question that bothers me so.
Do you think Im poor? I really must know.
Poor, theres a word that you should forget.
For a dog, youre the richest one Ive ever met.

You are rich in helpfulness, loving and kind.
Everyone knows it; you keep that in mind.
You share with your friends without getting mad.
They know they can trust you. It makes them feel glad.

You are rich in joy, and thats quite contagious.
You are not poor, so dont be outrageous.
You might be the dog from the dead end street,
But youre the best friend anybody could meet.

As evening grows near and the sun goes down,
Sam Hill the Sherriff comes driving around.
Dandy runs to the bushes, not making a sound,
For fear that this time hell be off to the pound.

Sam, he is quick. In the blink of an eye,
He snatches Dandy up and lifts him high.
Before he can think, or offer a cry,
He is getting a scratch and a scrub from the guy!

How did this happen? What is he to think?
A ride in a car takes them home in a blink,
To a bowl full of food, and a big tub of water.
You guessed it: a bath, with real soap and water!

In his brand new bed, he curls up safe and snug,
Wondering if real love might feel like a hug.
Ready to dream about treats topped with candy,
He hears Sam Hill say, I love you, Dandy.

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Ada Nett05/03/12
Absolutely delightful! I envisioned every line and fell in love with Dandy, myself!
C D Swanson 05/04/12
Awwww...I loved this! I am such an animal lover, and so happy that it ended on a happy note, I was so worried that it would not! But thank heavens it did. LOL.

This was so well written and so entertaining that it could be in a children's magazine, or made into a book "The adventures of Dandy"

Loved it, and a clever direction with the topic this week.

God Bless~
Donna Wilcher05/05/12
This was delightful! Loved every single word of it!

Great job!
Theresa Santy 05/05/12
Ha! Loved it. I fell in love with Dandy, but it was Chico, who stole my heart.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/12
I absolutely love this! It was fun and light-hearted and such a clever and original take on the topic.

My only complaint is instead of 3:00 which my mind read as three o'clock you should have just put three for the rhyme.

But other than that I thought it was close to perfect. It would make a delightful picture book and is one of my all time favorites,
Mildred Sheldon05/09/12
WOW! I truly loved this. An outstanding piece of writing and I fell in love with Dandy. I loved the ending. Thank you for sharing and God bless.