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Tale of a Dog-sitter... in Haiku

Updated on December 4, 2012
Dog lovers' wall art
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Dear Reader,

This Hub is about poetry. It contains Haiku poems about a dog. It is meant to be tongue in cheek, about poetry, and about the dog. It is not a 'How to'. It is 'Haiku'. For heavens sake, if you are Hub Hopping and you don't like poetry, or dogs, just give it a miss.

Prince Rupert

When my neighbor asked me to look after her dog over Christmas I said sure. Rupert is a lovable Whippet hound, what could possibly go wrong?

My home, with my four cats, is right across the street, it would be easy.

Oh, I forgot to mention Norman, my neighbor's cat would be part of the package deal.

And another neighbor further down the street, would be requiring my services too, visiting her cat every other day.

No problem, I said. I can do this.

Facts from Wiki

Whippets are good natured, good companion dogs.

Whippets are among the fastest dogs, and compete in course racing.

Whippets have fine, short hair, and are not suited for outdoors.

Issues

Rupert, as it turned out, had never been left alone before.

He goes to work each day with my neighbor, and comes home with her at night. They are inseparable.

From the moment she got on the plane, until two weeks later when she disembarked, I was Rupert's surrogate mother.

Since I could not bring him home with me (he chases my cats) the only solution was to move in with Rupert for the duration and keep my own cats locked up at home.

So this is what we did.

Car Rides

Rupert never left my side for 14 days. Even in the house he followed me from room to room like a little shadow.

To ease his separation anxiety I took him in the car whenever I needed to go anywhere. And when I wanted to visit my own home to check on cats I would trick him into thinking we were going for a ride and leave him in the car.

I did try locking him in the house when I went out, but this created such intense separation anxiety that I only did it twice. Both times I could hear him shrieking and howling from across the street.




Rupert in the 'play pen'
Rupert in the 'play pen' | Source
doggie treats
doggie treats | Source
Rupert won Best Puppy in Hounds Breed at one year old
Rupert won Best Puppy in Hounds Breed at one year old


Christmas with Rupert


Eyes peeled, ears straight back

so utterly abandoned

your mom flew away.



Shall not go hungry

seven kinds of dog biscuits

special puppy!



Dear Rupert Whippet

I am not really a Grinch

here have a cookie.



Dog is safe inside

locked behind the mudroom door

howling heard for miles.



Good morning Rupert

Lets put on your fleece jacket

Brrr it's cold today.



You are at my heels

when I'm trying to sneak out

a Whippet is fast.



Got the car warmed up

dog blanket in the back seat

lets go for a ride.





sign of the times
sign of the times | Source
Norman
Norman | Source



Must not forget Norman


Norm is overweight

two scoops of low cal kibbles

licks from the dog's dish.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      kingkos, Thank you very much!

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      kingkos 4 years ago

      nice hub i will follow u because your a real dog lover when i write my article about my dog wish u read it too.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you lilyfly! Thanks for the laugh. I've got another Rupert visit coming up for Christmas this year. Maybe I will get inspired to pen a couple more!

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      Lillian K. Staats 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Hoo hoo hoo! So, I'm not insane for feeding Athena London broil? Oh, Ho, I laughed so hard on this one, and tweeted, and facebooked this one! Long live doggie lovers! haha! Still laughing! lily

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Audrey! Thank you very much. :) I must return the visit.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Oh, I loved these--clever--cute and so well written--

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Dear Derdriu, your following my Hubs means so much to me. Thank you so much for the support and encouragement! I have made a promise to myself to return your awesome following, if it takes a day or a week (you've written so many amazing pages lately). I am really looking forward to it.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh no, I didn't reply to your comment gg. zaino, left here 7 long weeks ago, please be assured that your visit is very much appreciated. Peace brother!

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Snakeslane, What a charming, endearing, winsome combination of poetry and vignette! In particular, I like how you alternate formats, between text and photo and from text to poetry. Additionally, it's great that you brought Norman into this poetic tale.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all.

      Respectfully, Derdriu

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      greg g zaino 5 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Hi Snakelane~ was a pleasurable read-

      canines and felines, just gotta tell about em!

      :) write on!

      we here on Big Pine Key are owned by our mongrel Elliot- Dog lovers isn't an adequate description of our devotion...

      looking forward to following your work-

      Peace Sister~ great write!

      greg

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Chris. The cat (Norm) really puts it all in perspective, yes.

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      Scarface1300 5 years ago

      Another great piece "Loved the cat" LOL

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Auntie Baby's Mom, thank you for visiting my dog Haiku...fun story to do actually. The new portrait? Wow! Thanks! It is another step along the way to 'old' when all shall be revealed lol (sure). I've decided to do the transition in increments, still have a long way to go.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh my gosh, snakeslane,

      I had to go to your profile page to check out the beautiful brunette pose, love those bangs!

      I am not sure how this precious piece slipped past me (oh sure I do!) but it filled me with warmth and smiles. You are just as beautiful inside!!

      Rupert and Norman were in great hands, wonderful photography!

      Voted UP & FAB. Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Aww, sheesh, thanks EHQueen. I try...

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      You are such a good, good woman!!!!! xo

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Believe me he is funny. He's fat and he snores, but very good natured about the dog licking him and hogging all the treats.

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      Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

      Well, I don't know much about his character but if you like cats then he seems to be the sort that you might like, if you like them that is. No seriously, I don't mind them at all.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Mark Ewbie, Norm really is funny isn't he.

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      Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

      Great. I'm not a poetry fan, but I love dogs and words. And a funny end with Norm.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Good afternoon MM. He is adorable. I was worried he would have a nervous breakdown, but he survived. Thank you for visit. The profile pic is not current, but I see yours isn't either. I wonder if I should stop here or keep going back in time?

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Rosemay of the land of tiny babies and giant dogs. Good idea on the kennel, but not in my neighborhood! As it is the cats are already viewed as too much. But there is a need for this kind of care that's for sure. Thanks for visit, see you for coffee!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Rupert looks adorable, I should think he is quite attached to you too now!

      Thanks for sharing a lovely story, and I love your new profile pic!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is such a lovely hub, full of love and humour.

      Your neighbours were so lucky to have you dogsit for them. He sounds like such a cutie, I remember one of my dogs, a Huntaway used to walk behind me with his nose actually touching behind my knee as if glued there, it always amazed me how he never lost it. Lol

      Maybe you missed your vocation, you should open a boarding kennels for pets while mums and dads are away.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh no jhamann, so sorry.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      We had a whippet named Burns. He ran away a few years ago, I miss him greatly. Jamie

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello Ms Cole, thank you for noting just how many animals are in this story, Rupert is the star, with Norman as support. The four cats of mine are in the chorus. Apparantly I am the omniscient narrator. The sticky notes on biscuits crack me up too, but they sure came in handy! Thanks for visit.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Senoritaa, you are right. Norman deserves his own hub. With a needy dog around the cat seems to take a back seat with the attention. Thank you for visit.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I loved the way your introduction set up the tale of Rupert and Norman and of course your own lovely cats. You clearly have a gift for taking care of these wonderful creatures. What a great Haiku. I loved the photos and the one with sticky notes on the bones cracked me up. Looks like our dogs' treat zone.

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      This is a great hub, dedicated to beautiful pets. Would have loved a few more Haikus on Norman, though. I mean I love dogs, but look at Norman's pic.. awww. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Soooooooooooooooo, thanks epi, I don't do facebook, so hoping everything going well there. Also I have not a clue how the links work. Seemed like a dream to me too now that you mention it.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....I am sooooooooooooooo here because of your new and exciting and most beautiful profile photo ....and then, there is your writing which always enthralls me - and look to Facebook and you will see this posted with a direct link back here --- loved how you put this hub all together and made it seem like a dream .....

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for that story Vinaya. Good to see you!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi anglnwu. Catering is my middle name Thank you for kind comments. Rupert is a darling...me, not so much.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi always! Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My mother has a cat and father used to have a dog. I have often seen the cat and the dog, like my parents, nagged and cared other at the same time. When the dog died, the cat did not eat for two days. She loved sharing food with the dog.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Whoa, what a task. Seems like you're ingenious in catering to all the cats and Rupert. Sweet poem--I think Rupert is a darling....and you too. Rated up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sweet story..You were a great surrogate Mommie..Thank you for sharing...

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Ms Bird! Actually the dog kept me 'organized', so it turned out good for both of us.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      He is so sweet. Poor baby must have been so confused. I am so glad you were there to love Rupert and give him some comfort.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Zabbella! Yes, I had to resort to trickery many times to keep these critters from running wild. With the cats this is easy, just open a can of tuna and they come running.

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      Zabbella 5 years ago from NJ-USA

      I loved this! I especially loved the part where to go to your own home...you had to trick him. Genius!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Good morning Ghaelach, glad you enjoyed. I've been thinking I could start a franchise with all my pet-sitting experience, but first I would need to clone me, lol.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Morning snakeslane.

      Loved your hub.

      You've got a heart of gold and a love for house pets.

      Take care.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks moonlake, I tried. The first few days both the dog and I were pretty jumpy, things got better as we went along.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      It's always nice to have a good sitter for our pets. You seem to be one. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for visit mckbirdbks. Old Heaps and Whippets, we are pushing the bounds of Haiku.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello snakeslane. What a great tale. Your neighbors are lucky to have you. House sitting at two different locations just makes the chore mor difficult. Whippet in Haiku, who says there is nothing original?

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Fiddleman, glad you enjoyed. I've been house-sitting/dog-sitting for years...someone's got to do it. Happy New Year to you!

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      Fiddleman 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed this one. I had never heard of dog sitting until a few years ago, same with house sitting. Happy New Year!!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi FloraBreen, thanks for visit. Looking after someone else's pets is not easy. People are lucky to find a good sitter. That is so sad you had to care for a dying dog, must have been horrible. Very strange anyone would leave an animal in that state.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Thank for sharing this story. I have never been away from my cat for more than a few days and had my neighbours look after her. I looked after a dying dog once for a month. This was before I had Amy. I had to live there and just come home every now and then for mail. They left for a month to visit family. How could they when he was so ill? I could understand an emergency, but this was not an emergency. lovely poem.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Becky, that's a good question. She usually takes him on the plane with her, but this year she couldn't do that because of a family illness. Thank you Becky, just had to write about it.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Aw, poor puppy. How can she get him so used to having her around and then just leave him? I am glad that you babied him a little. This is a beautiful hub.