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Posted: December 2nd. 2012 3:37:15 PM

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The Court Cards in Domestic Animals

by Radko Vacek

Age Group: Adult

If a man's home is his castle,

Then his pet is his Page, and the pet's master

Is its King, and its mistress its Queen.

If one of its Monarchs has a charming "wand"

Of beef jerky to treat it, and a cup

Full of water for it, its tail is up

And wagging. If the pet gives them loyalty,

They might give it everything in return, as did Byron

To his dog: "Beauty without vanity,

Strength without insolence, courage without ferocity,

And all the virtues of man without his vices."

But love without money is not enough.

The pet with the tag of gold

Is like a well-stuffed animal to behold,

And one guarded by a Knight with a sword

Is one adorable, and therefore is adored.

But a pet guarded by a Knight with a stick

Has a guard hardly equipped to do the trick

Of keeping it safe and secure,

An "Oh boy! " situation for sure!

A pet with eyes like upside down cups

Begging out of hunger is poor

Indeed, in another "Oh boy! " situation.

A King with a sword of abuse,

And a Queen with a coin of neglect,

Whose dog is just a means to use

As a watchdog, clearly are "Oh boy !!"

But a panting Page without security

Hardly is an occasion for joy!

To help your pets go all the way,

It takes love, but also money,

Or else you do them injustice.

Author's Notes: This is a quote from Byron's "Epitaph to a Dog."

Author's Location: Toledo, Ohio
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