Obedience

Obedience is the act of following the rules,

It is never polite to ignore and refuse.

Obedience is listening to your mom or dad,

Making good choices will make you glad.

Obedience is learning to respect your elders,

Make it special by becoming their helper.

Obedience is following your teacher’s request,

Learning is fun so always try your best.

Obedience includes structure and self-respect,

Ask yourself about the meaning and then reflect.

Am I supposed to be on the couch?

Christmas: A poem featuring Rocco the Bull Mastiff

The day has come we’ve waited for all year,

A time to celebrate the reason for the cheer.

Our Savior was born for all of us to see,

The beautiful people we are allowed to be.

Stockings are hung by the fire with care,

Twinkling lights make the tree not bare.

Lists are made an the elves go to work,

Stay on the nice list for a holiday perk.

This time of year is merry and bright,

Merry Christmas to all and stay warm tonight.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Santa Paws: A poem written in memory of Riley the Yellow Lab (by Gina Fiorentino)

Oh ya better not bark,

Ya better not bite,

Ya better not scratch the sofa tonight,

Santa Paws is coming to town!

Ya better not growl,

Ya better just purr,

Ya better not howl or shed lots of fur,

Santa Paws is coming to town!

He sees you in the kitchen,

He sees your every try,

At secretively snitchin’

That very last piece of pie!

Ya better just know,

The greeting he sends,

He is saying “Ho, Ho,”

To all his furry best friends,

Santa Paws is coming to town!

Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is being with family and friends,

Hoping the wonderful day never ends.

Giving thanks to all the people you love,

The reason for gathering will rise above.

Thanksgiving is a time to relax and catch up,

Take time to slow down and fill up your cup.

An abundance of laughter takes over the room,

Traditions and memories may start to bloom.

Thanksgiving is filled with love and gratitude,

A day to reflect on your positive attitude.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Coffee: A poem featuring Kali the Corgi

The taste of coffee is like no other,

The variety of bown is a beautiful color.

The feeling of happiness after the first sip,

Adding a flavorful creamer is a delicious tip.

Coffee is popular in the morning and afternoon.

Drink it at night if you don’t want to snooze.

Coffee can be served hot or over ice,

The year-round treat is so very nice.

Enjoy your cup and don’t rush to be done,

Meeting a friend for coffee is always fun.

How do you drink your coffee?

Halloween: A poem featuring Connie the Rescue Dog

Halloween is a fun day of fright,

Dressing up in costume feels so right.

Halloween is pumpkins lining the streets,

Moms and dads handing out yummy treats.

Halloween is trading candy with friends,

The holiday sugar rush will never end.

Halloween is showing your creative side,

Creative costumes worn with pride.

Halloween is hoping the weather will be nice,

No one wants to trick-or-treat in snow or ice.

Did you dress up for Halloween?

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Growing Old: A poem featuring Maci the Shepherd

Growing old is a beautiful process,

A life full of memories brings success.

Workdays are over and it’s time to unwind,

Ways to fill your time you’ll easily find.

Growing old is reflecting on the past,

The many years that went too fast.

From preschool to college and in between,

Career paths, marriages, and family scenes,

Growing old is counting all your blessings,

Looking back may pull on your heartstrings.

Is someone in your life growing old?

Kindness: A poem featuring Lucy the Great Pyrenees and Elvis the Cat

Kindness is checking on someone in need,

Making them feel like they can succeed.

Kindness is opening the door for somebody,

Even if you’re rushing to buy some coffee.

Kindness is always being a good friend,

Choose your words and do not offend.

Kindness is offering a shoulder to lean on,

Be a good listener and don’t show a yawn.

Kindness is being inclusive and real,

Be the reason someone wants to heal.

How do you show kindness?

Labor Day: A poem featuring Nickel Labrador Ember

Labor Day is celebrating the American worker,

A day of rest for the hard-working earner.

Labor day is spent with family or friends,

Time off the clock with no paper and pens.

Labor Day is reflecting on a job well done,

A holiday for you means go have some fun.

Labor Day is a shortened work week,

No Monday blues to make you freak.

Labor Day is a time to lie in your nest,

Get some rest so you can be your best.

How do you spend your Labor Day?

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Smile: A Poem featuring Echo the Weimaraner

A big smile is a beautiful thing,

A gesture that can make your heart sing.

A big smile is a sign of gratitude,

A way to show your positive attitude.

A big smile can even say hello,

Lifting your spirits if feeling low.

A big smile can change the mood,

No one wants to be called rude.

A big smile can make someone’s day,

Always be kind and ask them to play.

What does your smile say about you?