Ode To A Green Cowdog In Southwest Oklahoma

Border Collie Pup

Ode To A Green Cowdog

~By Danni McGriffith, a partially homeschooled person~

Nell, your first cowdog outing started out so well,

just you, and Gramps, and me,

but maybe we shoulda left you home,

chewin’ your bone beneath a tree?

Still, how could we have known after just a mile,

you’d turn so very green?

And how could you know instead of a smile,

you’d have to leave Gramps a little pile?

Bravely you fought on! A cowdog never quits!

But after two more piles,

Gramps has had it–“Ok, this is it!”

(What’d he have to be so grumpy about, anyway? Seriously. Hasn’t he ever had an upset stomach?)

I know I should not laugh so heartily,

Indeed it’s very shocking.

But happy am I, dearest Nell,

You barfed on Gramps instead of me!

(At my home school, we learned free-form poetry. It’s very liberating to not worry about rhyming everything and those pesky meter things.)

Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy Gillian Welch and David Rawlings tearin’ up his guitar on The Rock of Ages.


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  6. Oh my, poor Nell. She’ll get used to traveling, just takes some time. BJ barfed the 1st couple of times he rode in the pickup with me, that happened to be the trip from Colorado to Oklahoma :0) Then he drooled like he had licked toads! He travels great, has done so since he was a year old.

    • I’m glad we weren’t on the way to Colorado with poor little Nellie! Hopefully she’ll get used to riding pretty soon. Most of them love to ride. We really really enjoy her, Shawna. I am trying to convince her I’m the pack leader 🙂 She seems to view Gramps as her litter mate–the fun guy. Maybe why she barfed on him? Hee hee.

  7. Poor Nellie. Perhaps riding in the back with her tongue flopping in the wind will cure what ails her. Trace has shown no desire whatsoever to ride anywhere with us, since he made it home.

      • Yes! Purses that clean up easily are a must these days. Lucky Trace.

        Since the cows were relatively unimpressed with him, Trace has become interested in the chickens. He pushed his way into the chicken coop and was stalking about in the run giving them his best shot at “The Stare”. They mostly ignored him. =) He was rather bummed when I made him get out.

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