My littlest dog keeps himself extremely busy
with many tasks and duties, first and foremost
guarding this house against intruders, i.e.
screaming at any person or dog passing down the street.
Catching squirrels which includes stationing himself at
the base of the redbud tree for as long as he must
until they finally escape away in the treetops.
Carrying his many disemboweled stuffed animals
in and out in and out of the house all day long.
Yelling from the car at any dog or person
choosing to walk on any sidewalk or street.
Chasing off the raccoon and the white cat
that lurk outside the fence at night.
Preventing my neighbor’s dog from ever
leaving her home or entering her own yard.
Ingratiating himself to All who actually enter
our home despite his best efforts to keep them out.
Getting everyone to love him more than
Miles the hedonist (not working on Mother).