I wrote about my first dog, Sally, specifically in order to enter the 2017 Marin County Fair’s “My Pet” creative writing category. It received a third place ribbon. My gratitude and thanks to the judges! Read all the county fair winning poetry both past and present by visiting the County Fair Winners category.
My beloved childhood pet poodle passed away on Independence Day in 1999 at age 13 during a vacation in Texas. I was 16 at the time, and she had been a huge part of my life for as long as I could remember. Please, please take care of your pets around the holidays as they are often frightened by fireworks. The poem below is lovingly dedicated to her memory.
My first doggy had curls as black as charcoal,
but even more beautiful was her sweet soul.
My Sally, dear Sally, how I loved her so!
I met her when I was just three years old.
Forever, forever, my heart, she stole
with sweet puppy kisses worth more than gold.
Oh Sally, dear Sally, I watched her get old.
Together like sisters, we both did grow.
I shall never forget that fourth of July.
The loss of our canine—torrents we did cry!
My Sally, dear Sally, she ran off in fright
as fireworks crackled on that clear Texas night.
Many family dogs have since come to play,
joining my dear Sally in my heart these days,
but the love of such a gentle friend never fades.
Having known a dog’s love, we are left changed.