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He runs from place to place, searches the floor for any crumbs, checks the trash just in case.

My puppy loves me

A bit too much sometimes.

I release him from the crate

Every morning.

He leaps onto the couch

Wiggles gleefully

While I massage his ears

And run my hands over his back and sides.

He wants to kiss me

Which is beyond my tolerance

So I stand and haul him into my arms,

Twenty pounds now of wiggle,

Rear legs dangling,

I take him bodily outside

For his first command of the day

Go Potty!

He jumps up on my legs,

Then races to and fro,

Searching for just the right spot

And does it

To get a small reward,

A "cookie" I call them.

He loves those cookies!

I place his breakfast bowl down on the door mat

And escape inside.

He watches me through the glass door

Eager for any look from me,

Always hoping I will let him in.

If I do that

He runs from place to place,

Searches the floor for any crumbs,

Checks the trash just in case.

Come! I call him

Into what used to be my work room

And shut the gate behind him.

He'll come anywhere for a cookie.

He can see me from behind the bars,

Tosses his head

And finds a squeaky toy

Hoping that noise will lure me back inside.

Maybe later, I say,

We will play some fetch,

Or you can dance for a cookie.

He is the cutest of pups,

A real energizer bunny

Who never holds still around me.

I can hardly hook a leash to him as he squirms,

For the daily tug of war along the sidewalks.

He has bad puppy manners.

What was I thinking?

For an old lady

To get a new dog?

Thus, tonight he starts Puppy School,

Or maybe I will be trained

To be a better puppy mother!

One of us must learn

Some new tricks.

Mary Jean Rivera is a member of the Jottings Group at The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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