Dead Dog Walking

It’s lucky for Joe that winter is coming on. If Charlie catches him wallowing in the hosta bed again, he might not make it, at that.

Joe’s given name is Jolteon, a Pokemon character. I can’t say I see the resemblance, but I didn’t know him as a puppy. When he was a puppy, I mean, not when I was a puppy. Not that I was ever a puppy. I mean, I didn’t know Joe when he–Joe–was a puppy.

See the resemblance? Me neither.

Here is a song I posted earlier on my defunct blog. Sadly, it is still relevant.

Ballad of a Doomed Dog
by Marian Allen

Hang down your head, you Joe-dog,
Hang down your head and whine.
Hang down your head, you Joe-dog,
Poor dog, your butt is mine.

Caught him in the garden
Mashing down the plants
If he’d been wearing trousers,
I’d-a kicked him in the pants.


Hosta, moss and fern–
Joe will nap upon them.
–Dog, you’re a-gonna burn.


Every time I catch him,
He slopes off with looks of shame
Says, “If it’s a plant bed,
What have I done to blame?”

Hang down your head, you Joe-dog,
Hang down your head and whine.
Hang down your head, you Joe-dog,
Poor dog, your butt is mine.

When the winter comes, the hostas will be gone, and Joe may live to see another season.

In other news, Mom and I watched GASLIGHT with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer last night. I mean, last night, Mom and I watched GASLIGHT starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Chilling and wonderful.

WRITING PROMPT: Watch GASLIGHT. How do you know Gregory is a stinker from the first, even before the letter?

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Dead Dog Walking

  1. HearWriteNow

    September 3, 2010 at 5:48am

    Oh poor dog! We’ve just lost our magnolia buds to the possums for the third year in a row. Infuriating.

    No, he looks nothing like the Pokemon.

    Elsa Neal
    Blood-Red Pencil

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      Marian Allen

      September 3, 2010 at 6:13pm

      Oh, those ‘possums! That’s another thing Charlie holds against Joe–he doesn’t keep the wildlife out of the garden. I’m like, “But, Charlie, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time training Joe to stay out of the garden! What is he supposed to do when the critters are in there and he’s not allowed?” Animal angst!

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