Karen B. London
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Little Buddy
Bob Dylan’s copy of a poem about a dog is up for auction.

The need for funds has prompted Herzl Camp in Wisconsin to auction off a handwritten poem by a former camper. Robert Zimmerman wrote down the poem “Little Buddy” for the camp newspaper in 1957, when he was 16. Zimmerman has written many songs and poems since, using his better-known name of Bob Dylan.
Though the poem was thought to be an original Dylan creation, it is now known to be a song written by the late Canadian country singer, Hank Snow. The disturbing lyrics tell of a little boy whose dog has died because a drunken man beat him in response to his joyful barks. Although the poem is not an original Dylan creation, the poem is one of the earliest known handwritten lyrics by the singer-songwriter and is expected to sell in the range of $10,000 to $15,000.


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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