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No Pet of His (Napoleon Bonaparte)

One of the world’s most famous of men

Never loved dogs, it was too much of a sin.

Napoleon Bonaparte rather hated canines,

Without such a burden he felt he did just fine.

Then one day when Napoleon was out on a boat

Perhaps enjoying the sea as they were adrift and afloat,

He slipped from his station and plunged into the water

The man was quite lucky the boat did not make it much farther.

For to this leader’s rescue came the heart of a beast,

Though Napoleon had shown no love, not in the least,

This Newfoundland dog came to his rescue

Saving the leader before he knew what to do.

And so it is true that even a man who loathed all of the kind

Soon had to admit that even they had benefits easy to find.

It did not change his opinion to much, he continued to hate them,

He just had less root from which the hatred could stem.

One of the world’s most famous of men

Never loved dogs, it was too much of a sin.

Napoleon Bonaparte rather hated canines,

Without such a burden he felt he did just fine.

Then one day when Napoleon was out on a boat

Perhaps enjoying the sea as they were adrift and afloat,

He slipped from his station and plunged into the water

The man was quite lucky the boat did not make it much farther.

For to this leader’s rescue came the heart of a beast,

Though Napoleon had shown no love, not in the least,

This Newfoundland dog came to his rescue

Saving the leader before he knew what to do.

And so it is true that even a man who loathed all of the kind

Soon had to admit that even they had benefits easy to find.

It did not change his opinion to much, he continued to hate them,

He just had less root from which the hatred could stem.

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When Dogs Don’t Listen (E.B. White)

It does not matter what your occupation or tradition

A dog is unique, despite the breed’s typical disposition.

E.B. White found out just how true this was,

Perhaps it is why his characters had so little fuzz.

White’s dog was a little Dachshund named Fred,

A dog he could not train, perhaps that is why he chose a pig instead

To be the main character of his most famous book.

Fred would not listen to what was said or respond to a reproachful look.

Whether it was temper or not, Fred could not be trained

And this left White’s opinion of the breed rather stained.

He was said that it was more to his liking

To put his effort into something less striking

Than wasting so much time on such a difficult pup

He would rather see what was up

If he tried training zebras to perform a balancing act

By having them balance clubs upon their snots, it’s a fact.

He gave up trying to convince the dog to do as he was told.

Perhaps as a result the obedient pig helped to make so many

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A Rough Rider and His Soft Spot (Theodore Roosevelt)

Theodore Roosevelt was a highly entertaining man.

He has earned a historic place in American history

For being the man who always had a plan.

Remembered as the man who rode up San Wan Hill,

The man who inspired the name Teddy Bear,

And the man who built the Panama Canal,

Theodore was not as rough as his memory has come to be.

When it came to dogs he and his family were quite enamored,

When you look at the number of dogs they had it is plain to see

That dogs were among their favorite creatures.

Five dogs of the Roosevelt’s have wiggled their way into our books

Five dogs who captured the hearts of their masters

And the imagination of our nation with their looks.

Sailor Boy was an amazing Chesapeake retriever.

Loyal and sweet this dog helped make the family complete.

Next was Jack the terrier, a loving deceiver,

With high energy and great disposition.

Next there was Skip, not a pure bred, but a mongrel.

Like most of its kind, this boy loved without condition.

The most infamous of the five was the bull terrier Pete.

When he was around you might find it difficult to sleep

Because he was a vicious boy, even among the elite.

His fascination for biting the legs of any visitor

Ended in his banishment to their home on Long Island.

Finally was Manchu, a dog who was no bore.

This pup was a gift to Theodore’s daughter Alice

From the last Chinese Empress

A dog that Alice adored with heartfelt bliss.

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A Muse by Any Other Name (Picasso)

Often times women and men serve as the best types of muses

But not all artists rely solely on their fellow mankind,

One of the most famous found delight and inspiration in a different source.

Picasso was inspired by his dog that was the size of a small horse.

Kabul was an Afghan hound, a beautiful and charming breed,

The kind you can imagine an artist having indeed.

Picasso’s dog was so delightful that he planted a permanent seed

In the mind of Picasso, images that were a constant feed.

The beauty of his Kabul can be seen in the work by his man,

In the long flowing hair of and fluffier appearance

The elongated noses Picasso gave many of his creations

He correlated to the constant mental image of his companion,.

Knowing this puts the artist’s works in an entirely new light.

Looking closely its easy to see the Afghan Hounds influence at first sight.

Knowing that they were so close is a different type of inspiration

Giving the pictures a new level of delight.

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Chilling with Charlie (President John F. Kennedy)

There was another president who was quite attached to his canine.h

President John F. Kennedy loved his Welsh Terrier named Charlie,

So much so even in the pool the dog would be fine.

Welsch Terriers are not known for being very adept in the water

For the most part they have trouble and prefer being on shore

Otherwise they are little more than panic fodder.

Not Charlie, a very giving companion and friend.

This sweet dog would join his master when it was time for a swim,

Together they enjoyed the pool, both the deep and shallow end.

Once it was over you can imagine them lounging by the pool,

Enjoying the sun on those rare peaceful days.

Living that way would have been stressful but so cool.

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The Prime Minister and His Loyal Companion (Winston Churchill)

Remembered for his rousing speechesh

Under times of unknown pain and great distress,

Forging through the darkest times and most parasitic leeches,

Uniting a country when things looked at their bleakest,

Sitting in a place of historic honor is the great Winston Churchill.

Churchill helped lead the people, though not alone.

His most trusted and loved advisor was named Rufus.

Unexpected as it might be, Rufus was not an English bulldog

Rather he was most unexpectedly a miniature poodle.

Churchill could take his steady companion any where at all

Helping his master to cope with the great and the small

Ills of a world that was uncertain

Like the beacon of hope Churchill was to his nation

Little Rufus was a pillar for his master, he to knew his station.

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The Dubious Details of Diamond (Sir Isaac Newton)

One thing that is not known for sure about Sir Isaac Newton

Was whether or not he had in his home a dog,

But there are several stories that claim that he did,

Which meant he would have an audience for every scientific monologue.

One thing upon which all of these stories agree

Is that if any dog he had

That dog’s name was Diamond.

Some of the stories were funny, some comically sad.

The most famous tale of the enigmatical Diamond

Tells of Newton being hard at work in his writing.

It was a paper covering 20 years of study and experiments

And many ideas against which Newton had been fighting.

Diamond was not only his favorite dog, but an adored treasure

So his dog tended to stay close even while Newton toiled.

It was rare that the two were not in the same room at home,

So much so that DIamond could be called quite spoiled.

One day Newton stood up and left his notes on the table.

He exited the room to stretch his legs and his back.

Diamond remained to ponder his work,

But he got too close to the candle and launched a retaliation attack.

The candle surrendered and quickly fell down,

But the candle won the war as the papers started to burn.

Shocked and surprised Diamond started to bark,

And shortly thereafter Sir Newton returned.

He ran to the 20 years now up in flames

And as he quenched the fire he finally exclaimed,

“Oh Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou has done.”

Despite all of that Newton still gave Diamond his deepest affections.

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Traveling with His Son’s Best Friend (Ben Franklin)

One of the founders of the U.S., Ben Franklin did not have a dog of his ownh

But in some of his papers he would occasionally mention

The Newfoundland pup that belonged to his son.

Guests could be intrigued by the look and persona of the pup

Never quite forgetting how he would greet them,

One even wrote that the writer would never forget him.

Perhaps Ben Franklin was as much of a fan

Of his son’s dog who was so majestic and lively

A dog for the ages never to be forgotten.

What is sad about the tale of this magnificent dog

Is that his name is never given in the letters where referenced,

No matter the author, there are now no memories to jog.

It is one thing on which we can all now speculate

To dream of a name that we think is best fitting

And the dog’s existence entirely now recreate.

We have learned from one visitor who lived in France

That Madame De Boulainvillers had to return the Newfoundland later

After the dog had strayed when given the chance.

It seems that Ben Franklin took the dog abroad

So even if not his, the old founder had a great attachment

To the dog who left people feeling awed.

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An Unlikely Assistant (Sigmund Freud)

For centuries dog’s have been man’s best friend

But for most of that time they were a silent partner.

There was one man who made an intriguing discovery

Someone whose ideas always different did tend.

The man who gave us a new type of science

Who became known for discussing things that were private

A man not afraid to discuss what was taboo

Also made a fantastic canine alliance.

Sigmund Freud quickly learned of a dog’s skill

To help out people who were feeling stressed

Having approached this age old problem from a new type of angle

And did not rely on medicating through a pill.

As Freud learned to help people analyze their thoughts

To realize their dreams and wants meant something more.

He used his pet chow to calm them when they felt bad

To help them better understand ideas by which they were haunted.

Even the dog’s name made patients feel quite at ease.

When a client felt stressed or overcome by their problem

Jo-Fi moved in and provided moral support.

Having a dog to pet was an easy way to please.

WIth Jo-Fi around people could be more open

Because Jo-Fi’s fur brought them a feeling of calm.

Today we now recognize that dogs provide a healthy release

For people to feel safe and loved once again.

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I’m Your Canis Major (I’m Your Great Dog)

Canis Major,
The constellation,
“The Great Dog”,
Sits in Orion nation.

Look up,
See the hunter,
And the canine,
Ne’er asunder.

The heavens,
Show the pair,
Travelling close,
Suspended in air.

Orion,
The master,
Leads Canis Major,
Ever faster.

Siruis,
The “dog star”,
Helps guide them,
From afar.

He shines,
From behind,
Shedding light,
On their climb.

Now you are,
The hunter,
And I’m your,
Canis Major.

Forever,
Heavenly;
Your great dog,
– That’s me!

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