The Staffie's Doggerel Plea - a poetic advocacy

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Animalfriend
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The Staffie's Doggerel Plea - a poetic advocacy

Post by Animalfriend » Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:34 pm

What’s your problem with me, son?
What do you think I’ve honestly done?
I’m so much softer than you think.
There’s kindness in my brown-eyed blink.

What’s your problem with me, brother?
I’m fiercely loyal, like any mother.
My heart awash with tender care.
A team: we’d make a smashing pair.

What’s your problem with me, sister?
A storm’s brewed up: a nasty twister.
If I nibble, play-bite, nuzzle…
It’s nothing bad, requiring muzzle!

What’s your problem with me Lady?
Why d’ya view me as all shady?
There are those who bet, to bleed;
You’re at the wrong end of the lead!

What’s your problem with me, Sir?
I am not a vicious “curr”.
Do you think it fair, just, right –
That they starve us, make us fight?

What’s your problem with me, child?
I’m not evil…even wild.
I’m a cuddle monster really.2
And would be your dearest, dearly.

What’s your problem with me, friend?
My only wish, to please, defend.
Where is it now all going to end?
Killed at two1 – for sake of ‘trend’?

What’s your problem with me, Press?
You’ve made my name a right old mess.
Now thousands homeless – great distress.
They want to help us less and less.

What’s your problem with me, madam?
Do you know my worth, from Adam?
In the Club since ‘35!
I have the right to live, and thrive!

What’s your problem with me, dog?
I’m so unloved, a pre-kissed frog.
Call me Staffie, Stafford, Staff…
No need to fear, let’s run, sniff – laugh!

What’s your problem with me, ‘mate’?
Why are you so irate, of late?
You take my babies for live bait…
You breed and breed; you hate and hate…

What’s your problem with me, nation?
Please look behind my reputation.
Your aggressor is a man;
I’ve been enslaved by a cruel gang!

Used as ‘weapon,’ by young fools,3
Against my will: please make new rules!
My short life tragic: living hell.
I just want peace, to live life well.

Heidi Stephenson

Alfsmummy
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Re: The Staffie's Doggerel Plea - a poetic advocacy

Post by Alfsmummy » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:19 pm

We met the lady who wrote this, in a pub in Dorset this week and she was lovely. We told you we'd look it up! Thanks so much for loving our dog.

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