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Russell Anderson 1962 (San Bernardino)

My dog, Chooch
In his 15 years here
His name has had many incarnations

Chooch is a “Chi-Hound”
Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound
More like a Prince than a dog

It started with “Choo-Choo”
I found that kinda lame
A bit inane

So, I shortened that to “Chooch”
That one held
Although, I have often toyed with it

In times of creativity and goofiness
I have created an ad-lib sort of language
A doggy pig-latin

A call him Tooty, Tooty-mas
Choochy, Chooch-mas, Choochy-ma-chits

Am I the only one who does this?
Is it a sign of borderline……something?
I suspect I am not the only one

One thing is for sure
When Chooch is gone-no time soon, I hope
There will be crying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth

About this poem

A poem, in free verse. Not so much about my dog, but about my wierd interactions with him, my made-up dog-affection language, and my attachment.

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Written on August 31, 2022

Submitted by rnadc on August 31, 2022

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 759
Words 139
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson-raised in a small, remote, California town. He is now living out his later years in small-town Oregon. Still gets "Verklempt" by a good, sad song, poem, or testimonial. more…

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  • dougb.21370
    Trying to visualize a romance between the two parents. Chihuahua and Greyhound. Started out Platonic for a long time I’m guessing.
    LikeReply 125 days ago
    • rnadc
      yeah. Do NOT want to witness that mating process
      LikeReply25 days ago
  • adamknapp13
    Love this. I have done the same: "The Bear" was Buddha...Budda Budda Boo, Booh, etc.. "Molly"...Molly Mo, Momo, SlowMo, Molly Momokavich, Moley, Holy Moley: "Gizmo," Ginzmo, again-SlowMo, Gizzy, Ginnzzzz, Jinnzzz, Jinnzzy, Skinnnzy, Skinny Boy, etc. Thanks for sharing. I loved my dogs as much as most people. They have so much personality, you can't give them one name. 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • teril
    You capture a familiar truth. Dogs bring out the surprising in us. The silly, the poetic, the best in us. My dog passed three weeks ago. Yea, quite a bit of teeth gnashing.
    LikeReply4 months ago
  • lisacampbell29
    I have given my fur baby many “nick-names” that I call her daily!
    LikeReply 16 months ago


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