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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: We Should Have Named Her Grrr
By Verna Cole Mitchell


If there’s a list of world’s best dogs,
Our Missy didn’t make it.
Whenever chance for trouble came,
She never failed to take it.

Although she was a tiny pup,
Our poodle didn’t know it.
She’d bare her teeth and bark at us.
She’d temper, and she’d show it.

For every call to “Come” we’d make,
She’d manage to ignore it.
For any place we’d said, “Don’t go,”
She’d head right straight toward it.

If any dog would wander by,
She’d try to rush to fight it,
And if a hand got in her way,
She’d do her best to bite it.

Importance of obedience—
We truly tried to teach it,
A goal she had no interest in
And wouldn’t try to reach it.

If we’d a bar of chocolate,
We’d carefully conceal it
‘Cause if she caught a whiff of it,
She’d break her neck to steal it.

With any rule we’d make for her,
She’d hasten to defy it,
And anything we’d say, “Don’t do,”
She couldn’t wait to try it.

When scaring people was her aim,
She’d readily achieve it,
Her “Grrr” was like a hungry bear’s.
Just trust me and believe it.

Although she’d look for wrong to do,
And boldly she’d commit it,
We loved that little golden dog,
And don't mind to admit it.

When I, like Missy, don’t do right,
I’m sorry and regret it.
I know my Savior loves me still,
Forgives, and will forget it.

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Barbara Lynn Culler02/04/10
Cute story!
Marita Vandertogt02/05/10
A very clever, fun read. I enjoyed this one!
Dee Yoder 02/06/10
So funny! And thought only cats had minds of their own! Thanks for the smile. ( :
AnneRene' Capp02/08/10
Fun read for me because I had a Cocker just like Missy!
Mariane Holbrook 02/09/10
We had a Missy and this could have been written about her. It must be something about the name that makes dogs with that name become so mischievous.
The way we let them get away with so much is because they're so cute. A great poem!!!!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/09/10
What lovely thoughts about a special family member. Your poem flows effortlessly.
Loren T. Lowery02/09/10
This, is the definition of our cat, Toulouse: "With any rule we’d make for her,
She’d hasten to defy it,
And anything we’d say, “Don’t do,”
She couldn’t wait to try it."
But, of course we love him - but boy does he stretch our tolerance, just like you said we must also for God at times. Great poetry - love your work.
Sarah Elisabeth 02/09/10
You do so well with your poetry, no matter the topic! Loved the feel of this
Carol Penhorwood 02/09/10
Absolutely delightful--want a cat?
Maria Kana Santos02/09/10
Cute and nice poem. Good job.
We had a border collie pup; and it mattered to him that he pleased his masters (us). So I can relate to you about learning obedience to our Master, pleasing Him at all cost.

(At eight months, our CJ got bitten by a brown snake.)

Thank you.

Kate Oliver Webb 02/09/10
This was delightful (and I'm not a "poem person")! The message kind of crept up on me, so it was doubly delightful--I prefer that to having the message slap me in the face. Great job, and I think you can write poetry for me any day!
Mona Purvis02/10/10
Classic Verna all the way! Offering fun, pleasure, skill and a message! Who knew?
I've never seen a dog that isn't drawn to chocolate. Why is that? It's poison to them.
Love it!

Lollie Hofer02/10/10
I liked "it" all the way from beginning to end. I really did like how you could make the word "it" fit and yet, "it" never felt redunant. Well done!
Pamela Kliewer02/10/10
Very cute!I like the ending... :o)
Scarlett Farr02/10/10
loved it!
Beth LaBuff 02/10/10
Smile! You've chosen an "adorable" subject for this! (I think :) ) I enjoyed this as your humor carried me along. What a fun title and great ending message!
Carol Slider 02/10/10
This reminded me SO much of a certain bad-tempered poodle I know (NOT owned by me... I'm a cat person). Maybe your clever and beautifully written poem will make me feel more sympathetic toward him, the next time he bites my ankles. (Or not...:)
Lyn Churchyard02/11/10
This flowed beautifully and expressed a great story in poem. Loved it. I have a Kavoodle but she is the exact opposite.