Burial and Retrieval: Poem

Baby, the subject of this poem, passed away on January 17th, 2013 at the age of thirteen and a half. Her death was peaceful, but the hole in my heart is still there. Love you baby Girl!



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Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available through Sweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble andAmazon.com.


It's her 12th birthday

so I give her a gift.


She grabs it and takes it.

She is black

and has the round body and billowy fur

of a Chow Chow

and the face and temperament

of a Labrador.


She wags her curled tail and

her nails tap a happy song across

the hardwood flooring to the backdoor.

She wants to bury it

in the backyard under

the tree where she

finds shade in summer

and shelter in winter.

She wants to keep it

hidden.


She waits and waits and

waits and waits and--

but the door never opens

and so

she tunnels under

my bed and buries it there

and flops down and sighs

exhausted and satisfied

in the hallway.


When she comes back in the room she finds it--

a treasure long lost.

A treasure long forgotten.

She wags her tail

and now I hear her

in the living room

chomping on it happily.





all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price 2011

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION, DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN BEST NEW FICTION (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, SEE SPOT RUN AND THE BELLWETHER REVIEW. HE CURRENTLY SERVES AS MANAGING EDITOR OF EPOETRY MAGAZINE AND THE BRIDGE ONLINE NEWSPAPER.

HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

PLEASE VISIT HIS PROFILE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION. THANKS!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Joy. I appreciate the visit.


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joym7 3 years ago from United States

nice hub...keeep hubing with great content.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much Lucky Cats. I'm glad you enjoyed this and thanks for sharing, etc.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Audrey. Indeed. you do :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sally, It sucks to lose them. The book is done, if you don't' want it on amazon, contact me directly to learn how to get it as a PDF


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

oh, a day in the life of your beautiful friend. Described perfectly..I can visualize it ! Animals are so wonderful, and so are those who love them. UP BAFUI


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Came back for another read! Ah--gotta love older dogs!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Wow! I just saw this one in my home feed on HP. Sometimes the stars and moons and planets come into a confluence that you just can't resist. I've been thinking about my precious dog who has been gone for a few years now, and having discussions on HP about my life with her. Your tribute to your dog warms my heart...I knew that Digging To China was in the works, but had no idea of its substance. Think I need to sashay myself over to Amazon.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Faithful Daughter, I certainly do. And shes still alive and kicking She'll be thirteen in May!


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I can tell you are a caring and loving pet-parent who knows his fur babies. That shows that you have a special bond between you and your dog(s). This bond is something to be cherished. Enjoy every minute of their lives while they're here on earth.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Vincent. I like that detail alot. i love watching her tail. She's a relatively short dog, so, somtimes, when I wake up int he morning, i can just see her little tail wagging over the edge of the bed. It melts my herat every time!


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

The beauty of watching this occur, and your pet knowing you are there all the time. I love how playful they can be and want our attention all the time, the tail wag is a thing of joy to watch. Beautiful fur ball you have there my friend and loved the poem to.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Oh, thanks so much, Audrey!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Daisy, i really appreciate the time and effort you took to write these words of encouragement. My wife and I really appreciated it! I'm sorry about your wrist. I hope you feel better!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Tammy. She had a much better night.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lovely piece Justin!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Justin, sprained my wrist tonight, but I had to comment. I'm painfully tapping this out using a stylus on my touchscreen tablet.

I read your Facebook comment about your precious dog. I'll be thinking of your wife and you and your four-legged family members.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thinking of your poochie and hoping he is doing better!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks sonia, she's a precious gift. Both my dogs are funny. I'm glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the HUB and DOGLove. Nice to see you!


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sonia05 4 years ago from india

What a sweet poem for your adorable pet! These furry creatures are such that they hold special place in our hearts and their actions are sometimes so hilarious and sometimes very touching!

voted up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Till, the way she buries bones, and, furthermore, the way she prepares to bury them is very amusing to me. She's a fun little dog, but she's really starting to slow down. That makes me sad, but, I can't complain. She's had such a happy life!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You've got your dog's personality down pretty good I'd say. How different they all are in many ways but when it comes to burying their bones they're all alike! Nice hub about what appears to be a nice dog. Voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you AE. She is. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

The compassion for a pet. She is adorable and the poem is priceless! :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

sally, Baby, the subject f this poem is pretty aloof, as chows are wont to be, but our labradoodle, Bella, we talk to her like she's a person, and she always seems to respond and understand what we're saying. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Olive, they're fun dogs but VERY stubborn. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Homestead bound, thank you. I'm glad you were able to picture the scene!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I could picture your puppy's behavior through your wonderful use of words. Great hub!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Adorable, sweet and perfectly simple. Our pets can certainly be endearing and I felt that through your words.

PS I used to have two black chow chows during my college years. :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

A beautiful tribute to an old dog and the special relationship between humans and canines. Sometimes we members of different species understand each other so well...your poem evokes the memories of love and understanding between me and my old dog who passed a while ago. Beautiful. Did I say that?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank u Debby. Indeed. it's been cold. the beard is necessary


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Very cute, Justin. Lovely little story and pooch. Your photo has changed and you're growing your beard back for the winter to keep your chin warm. Blessings, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

rebecca and Lyns, thank you so much. I appreciate the compliments about my dog and your enjoyment of the poem! Thanks for reading and commenting


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Awwwwwwww. Cute doggy, and cute poem to match!


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lyns 4 years ago from USA

Nice and different what a nice treat for you dog, thanks for sharing. lyns


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Tebo, she used to scarf them right away. Now she hides them and loses them. Like most older folks, she's losing her marbles a little :-)


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

What a lovely poem about your dogs treat. They just love them don't they. I agree with the commenter above though that my dog would never save a treat - got to eat everything immediately - that's the Labrador coming out.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

carlon, that's cute. if she buries it outside, she never finds it again. Fortunately, she's better at finding things that stay in the house! Thanks for reading and commenting


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

My dog burries his toys in his bed. He never saves a treat for later. Too greedy, me thinks. I'm glad your dog knows how to savor the moments. Smile!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Boomer nurse. Thank u. it was indeed.

Lucky Cats- that would never happen! but I can see why you thought that. I choose my titles carefully

Sunnie- thank u. I do too. We don't have kids, and we don't want them, but we have dogs and they're all we want. Thanks fr the read. You can see more pictures of them on my Hub "To my Followers and Fellow Hubbers"

Frank- I probably love them more ;-)

Thank u all for the reads and the comments


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

bless you just for loving pets as I do :)


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

This is so cute!..Oh I love dogs..they are truly a gift..I love the scarf...I have several scarfs for our dog..it makes her feel pretty..lol

Thank you PDX for a sweet read.

Sunnie


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Ok...ok....at first, when I saw the title and the picture of your sweet dog...God help me...for some reason, I thought you were going to write a poem about exhumation. Yikes!!

Love this one....sweet little friend of yours.

You've made prose of your little dog's behavior. Love it.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Aw..this was so sweet. What a nice birthday treat.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks times too, alastar. I appreciate the comment!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Yep, you are good. Bless ole Babys heart.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank u for saying so and for reading and commenting. However, the dog in this poem is BABY. Bella has a poem of the same name :-)


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Amber Allen 5 years ago

Hi Justin

I think there is something very special about finding something which you've forgotten you had and Bella obviously agrees with me!!

She is a beautiful dog.

Amber:)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Mar, thank u. This poem makes me smile and, when she passes on, it will serve as a good reminder of her personality and what a fun dog she was! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

It's pretty much like "having a dog with a bone"... oh, you do, sorry (LOL)! This was adorable and so is Baby!

Voted UP & FAB- have a good weekend, mar


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by Nurns! These furry people are amazing


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

A lovely tribute to man's best friend! Voted up, and awesome.

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