A Hound and His Pillow (with Apologies to Ms. Barret-Browning)

Blue greyhound-my pillow
Pillow, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the length and breadth and fluffiness, especially your snugability for the ends of comfort and ideal snoozing.

I love thee to the level of every day’s most sleepy need, by sun and candlelight.

Blue greyhound and his pillow
I love thee freely as my bratty sister Bettina loves a marrow bone.

I love thee purely, as I love no other being or item, even my “man-cave” crate.

I love thee with my super sized greyhound heart put to use, as in my racing days, and with a puppy’s exuberance.

Blue greyhound and his beloved pillow

I love thee with a love I thought I had lost with my last mashed, scrunched, spent pillow.

I love thee with the stinky dragon breath, happy dances and whines of all my life;

Blue greyhound's pillow
And, if DOG choose,

I shall but love thee better after you are fully broken in.


  1. Well, I think Ms. Elizabeth would be proud! I know Blue is, too. Not may hounds get to be the subject of a Victorian-era poem . . . or have such a snuggie pillow all to himself.
    Love that first photo. He's clearly saying, "THIS is mine."

  2. This is so wonderful! I can feel the heart and truth behind this love poem. Brilliant!

    I had to laugh at your comment on my blog about Bettina and her efforts to remove her coats. Our first greyhound, Paloma, HATED coats. I finally gave up and just let her run out and do her business without one, even in cold weather. If I put a coat on her, she spent so much time trying to get it off AND not going potty, that I finally gave up and let her go without. I figured she got colder with a coat because of all the time she spent trying to be free of it.

  3. I think Barbie would also love that pillow!

  4. That must be some pillow to deserve a poem. I gotta get one for my kids.

  5. I just got a new pillow for my crate, and I love it too! yes our doggy pillows do deserve a lovely poem as this. Have a wagging weekend.

  6. Love it! Our Bella does the same thing with the pillow that she's made hers :)


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