a sucker for dogs

A Sucker for Dogs

Out of
nowhere
someone
called me
up to
borrow
money to
put her
two dogs
down because
she’s
on the
street again
& can’t
handle them.

 

I shouldn’t
have answered
the phone
because now
I’ve been
asked to
finance a
dual execution.

 

I take
the dogs
instead a
huge arthritic
male lab
& a
female
rust-colored
lobo.

 

They
follow me
around the
house
with their
tails wagging,
sit on
either side
of me
when I’m
at the
computer &
watch somberly
from the
bathroom doorway
when I
take a piss.

 

Last night
the lab
tried to
climb in
bed with
me but
he couldn’t
get his
hind legs
off the floor.

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