This is for all dogs.
It is for the Redbone Hound riding shotgun in a pickup truck,
ears blowing in the breeze like Fruehauf mudflaps.
It is for the Chihuahua with the soul
of a Mexican Retriever.
It is for the mature dog, well-behaved out of respectfulness,
not out of submission.
It is for the younger dog,
still on a path to finding
It is for the dogs who know the answer
to the age-old riddle of
"why we chase our tails."
This is for all dogs
who embrace the moment,
and greet each day with the confident awareness,
"We. Are. Dogs."
House Parts, Inc.
Jane Hoffmann is a retired middle school teacher, professional soprano soloist and author of 31 books for teachers to use in their classrooms, as well as a devoted dog mom for over 20 years.