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The Retired Show Dog

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by harlie'smom, Sep 29, 2005.

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  1. harlie'smom

    harlie'smom Boxer Insane

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    THE RETIRED SHOW DOG
    He sits to the side, out of the way
    While others beg head rubs, or force you to play.
    His dark liquid eyes watch your every move
    Hoping and waiting, his love to prove.

    He was shown many times, a promising pup
    And he just got better as he grew up.
    A picture of health, robust and strong,
    His gait and topline, never went wrong.

    But his prime has passed, and he seems to know,
    That he'll never again be put in a show.
    He eats, he sleeps, not much more than that,
    And maybe he's getting a little too fat.

    He loves to be brushed, when you have the time,
    He waits for his turn at the end of the line.
    You think of him, sure, but not nearly as much
    As those promising pups, that new special and such.

    So he sits and he waits, til you have the time,
    To make the same fuss as you did in his prime.
    A scrap of affection, or playful shove,
    To him it means everything, to him it means LOVE!

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  2. hanley

    hanley Boxer Insane

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    This is sad & true,not just for show dogs, but all as they get older. Thanks for sharing. Hanley
     
  3. Julie P.

    Julie P. Completely Boxer Crazy

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    How sad. I have never had a show dog so would not have thought about this happening. I guess I imagined the show dog pampered through out his entire life. The poem really makes a person think.
     
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    KCboxer4 Completely Boxer Crazy

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    We adopted a retired show dog when she was three, she is 5 1/2 now, what a difference. She has come full circle. What I read is true, so sad, but, possative re-enforcement and alot of love and affection, she is the love of our life. The sweetest thing you could ever imagine, but, you could see things used to be different with her, it's the life of shows that she led I guess, I guess it's a different life for them that I don't understand. I don't understand alot of things though. She's a spoiled little princess!!!!
     
  5. harlie'smom

    harlie'smom Boxer Insane

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    i have never had a show dog but it just made me think about my two and wondered if i give them equal attention. i make sure to give them both the same love and equal play time.
     
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    Paper-Dogg13 Boxer Insane

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    I work for a woman who owns, shows and breeds Golden Retrievers, so this poem hits home. We have a 10 year old female who is the SWEETEST dog, and sometimes I feel like she gets pushed to the back. So I make sure I give her extra attention when I'm working with them. This poem definatly applies to a lot of dogs as they get past their prime, and it's sad. I cry everytime I see a senior dog in a shelter, or rescue.
     
  7. lexintitus

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    Thank goodness we love our babes, whether they show or not. :)
     
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