Fresh from the kennels. A whole world away. Companion conversion for a young castaway. A darling of distraction with irrational fears. The clumsiest canine with ever aware ears. Guardian of gourmet. Suspect of all sounds. He'll catch himself someday, spinning around. A tug of war here. A muddy mess there. A lick to the face of the humans in his care. How thrilled his tail and tremendous his teeth. How dug up the planet from paw underneath. The running for fun. The claiming of trees. The car window ride along - face full of breeze.
But now he's a master of "Stay!". His eagle ears succumbing to gravity's sway. Napping much more, barking much less. Now rarer the cuddle, the clean, the caress. Patch protector. Owner of no debts. A veteran of various villainous vets. Birds as trivial as the tennis ball is far. Eyes now as hazy as the indistinguishable stars. A howl at the moon. A loosening tooth. An ode to memories of a modest youth. They still love this pup. He still loves them back. May he long be remembered as he faces the black.