My Friend’s Dog

(for Lili and Marlene)
By Barbara Shomaker, August 2019, Updated May 2021
Yorkshire terrier

My friend’s dog
Is a happy little girly girl
Summertime: a puff of dandelion, pink ribbons, all ‘look at me’.
My friend’s dog
Kisses the big boys
Dances for carrots
Barks out the window
Hides her food
Mocks the cat
Waits at the door.
My friend’s dog is there when I can’t be
Sharing the daily-ness of my friend’s joys and sorrows.
A little dog, an enormous spirit.
My friend’s dog.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 98: Summer 2019

Photo by Silvana Carlos on Unsplash