Annie of Tamaroa


© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.   All rights reserved


[An ekphrastic poem written about my new dog, recently adopted from the local Humane Society]


Lovely small female rat terrier mix

Short legged, stocky, sturdy, squatty

Mostly white with large brown splotches

A few freckles scattered here and there

Both ears brown, flopped over when relaxed

Tucked back tight when alert or excited

Piercing eyes, framed in black masking

Expressing intelligence and a smile

Head brown with black muzzle and nose

White tipped nose with black freckles

White back semi-saddled with brown

Hips resemble the dachshund family

Tail medium length, curls over back

White flagged towards the rear end

Short smooth bright coat with sheen

Nice dog with friendly demeanor.

Her name is Annie of Tamaroa

From the Apple Dumpling Gang.


Day 9 NaPoWriMo

12 comments on “Annie of Tamaroa

  1. What a darling baby!

  2. It is the first time I’ve seen the word, ekphrastic, so I looked it up. [couldn’t resist Googling Tamaroa as well:>)]
    What a lovely ode to Annie of Tamaroa

    • Ekphrastic Poetry: writing that comments upon another art form or describes a subject.

      Thanks, Colleen, for the comment. Annie is a good dog, for sure. God is good. 🙂

  3. While standing with my iPad and letting our 2 rescues out, I for some reason typed in the word heard when I meant loads of unconditional love.

    • Yes, I knew what you meant! I edited it for you. Enjoy your 2 rescues. We got 2 also, my husband adopted a manchester terrier mix and I got Annie, a mostly rat terrier mix. Both super dogs. Anyone out there thinking of adopting a pet from the Humane Society, give it a try. Lots of great animals there and the society screens them to make sure they are suitable for your particular needs. 🙂

  4. A rescue. The very best of all dogs and you’ll receive unheard of unconditional love.

    • Yes, Annie is full of love and the desire to please. She is house broken, leash trained and has fit right in with our routine. She was found tied outside in 5 inches of snow and had just raised a litter of pups! She certainly deserves a good home. 🙂

  5. lovely ode to a dog. 🙂
    I think a mixed breeds are nicer- pure breeds are often more nervous with irritating habits….inbred?

    • I had to have my old dog put to sleep two months ago or more, and that really tore me up. But, life goes on and I adopted Annie from the local humane society and she has made herself right to home and into my heart. Thanks for your comment, Melanie! 🙂

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