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BET YOU CAN'T OWN JUST ONE!

Author unknown, I found it in one of the GPCA Bulletins from 1994

 

 Why own a show dog? There's a danger you know. You can't own just one, For the craving will grow.

There's no doubt they're addictive Wherein lies the danger While living with lots You'll grow pooer and stranger.

One dog is no trouble, and two are so funny, The third one is easy, The fourth one's a honey.

The fifth is delightful, The sixth one's a breeze. You find you can live with a houseful, with ease.

So how 'bout another? Would you really dare? They're really quite easy But, Oh Lord, the Hair!

With dogs on the sofa, And dogs on the bed, And crates in the kitchen, It's no bother, you've said.

They're really no trouble, Their manners are great. What's just one more dog And one more little crate?

The sofa is hairy, The windows are crusty. The floor is all footprints. The furniture's dusty.

The housekeeping suffers, But what do you care? Who minds a few noseprints And a little more hair?

So let's get a puppy, You can always find room. And a little more time For the dustcloth and broom.

There's hardly a limit To the dogs you can add The thought of a cutback, Sure makes you feel bad.

Each one is so special, So useful, so funny, The food bill grows larger, You owe the vet money.

Your folks never visit, Few friends come to stay. Except other dog folks Who live the same way.

Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs are dead, too But your weekends are busy, You're off with your crew.

There's dog food and vitamins Training and shots. And entries and travel and Motels which cost lots.

Is it worth it you wonder? Are you caught in a trap? Then that favorite comes up And climbs in your lap.

His look says you're special And you know that you will Keep all of the critters In spite of the bill.

Some just for showing, And some just to breed And some just for loving They all fill a need.

But winter's a hassle, The dogs hate it, too, But they must have their walks Tho' they're numb and you're blue.

Late evening is awful, You scream and you shout At the dogs on the sofa, Who refuse to go out.

The dogs and the dog show The travel, the thrills The work and the worry The pressure, the bills.

The whole thing seems worth it The dogs are your life. They're charming and funny And offset the strife.

Your lifestyle has changed. Things just won't be the same. Yes those dogs are addictive And so's the dog game!

   
© U. Hock-Henschke
Netherlands