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The Perfect Dog

Thought For The Day
by Michelle Jones

A sweet poem for all dog families to enjoy. It was shared during The National Dog Show, a delightful annual tradition on Thanksgiving Day. We almost missed it!

The Perfect Dog

(Read in Dr. Seuss, The Grinch, style.)

My son asked a question as little boys do,
Of me in my wisdom and all that I knew.

“Is there a dog that is perfect?” he asked on a whim, 
Well, I thought and I thought about where to begin.

“He’d have ears that were floppy… or cropped and alert,
And eyes that were sleepy… or perky and pert,
He’d leap like a bunny or sit in your lap,
And run fast as horses… or opt for a nap.

“A dog that is perfect would be covered in spots,
Or maybe one-color… and then have spots-not.

“He’d be small as a teacup… or big as a house,
With a nose that seemed flattened… or long like a mouse,

“He’d swim and he’d hunt with a coat flying free,
Or be dainty and delicate… and ‘He’d’ be a ‘She’.

As I struggled to answer, and not with a clue,
My son, with a smile, said, out of the blue,
With the wisdom of children, what he already knew…

The dog that is perfect… is the one next to you.

by John O'Hurley, Actor and Co-host of The National Dog Show 

Photo Source: TV Guide

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