the 4th of July Is …

4 July is, of course best known for being American Independence Day. But enough of such trivia, for any school child can inform you that today is the day when America broke away from the United Kingdom!

Of far more importance to me than the above, is the fact that, on 4 July 2011, I became the proud owner of my 4th guide dog, Trigger, a beautiful brindle Labrador/retriever cross. Trigger goes everywhere with me, whether that be into restaurants, the office or the pub. I hasten to add that, in the case of the latter, I strongly dislike pubs and it is my four-legged friend who drags me into such dens of iniquity on an all to frequent basis …!

Joking apart, Trigger does a wonderful job and safely conducts me through busy London streets.

Given today’s date, I wanted to share 2 poems about Trigger. The first is entitled “The Hungry Hound”, while the second is called “To My Dog Trigger, Who Lay On My Book”.

“I am Trigger.
My stomach is bigger
Than you think.
Your lunch will be gone in the blink
Of an Eye.
Then away I fly.
Should you ask “who stole my lunch?” I reply
“Nnot I
But, dear reader, I lie …!..
I have been known to eat plastic.
My reach is elastic.
You think your food Safe?
My friend brace
Yourself for a shock
For I will gobble the lot!
Be it ever so hot!”.

You lay on my book.
Perhaps you mistook
It for a bone
And discovering your mistake, left it alone!

You creased it’s pages.
Oh the ages
I took
To write that book!

You lay on my book
But look
I have many more,
And ‘twas entirely my fault for
I should not have left it on the floor!

Dogs have such short lives
While the poet’s work survives
Long after master and friend
Have come to their end.
You lay on my book,
My faithful old mutt”.

16 thoughts on “the 4th of July Is …

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thank you. I am pleased you enjoyed my poems about Trigger. Guide dogs have their names when they come to live and work with you, so I didn’t choose Trigger’s name. Having said that, I think that Trigger is a wonderful name for a dog. I like to think that his name comes from the famous British comedy Only Fools and Horses, which is set in Peckham, London. Trigger is a not very bright road sweeper! Best – Kevin

  1. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    Happy doggerversary! (Sorry, couldn’t resist that).

    Trigger is quite the character. I remember meeting him when the two of you came to visit a couple of years ago. I’m quite certain our remaining degu, Joshua, remembers that day clearly too.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks Tori! I’m sure that Trigger remembers meeting you and Kelly also. I remember him being intrigued by Joshua and the other degu and rats. He is, as you say quite a character! Best – Kevin


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