The Family Dog
The family dog was bought to guard
chained to a post in a chilly backyard;
Housed in a shed that was airless and dark,
and every few weeks had a run in the park.
When boredom set in with no fun and no work,
one day it broke loose and then went berserk,
Pa couldn’t fathom just why it went wild,
as it flattened his wife and then bit his child.
The police were called in to sort out the mess,
and the whole sorry tale was told in the press.
The Rescue Society was really annoyed, so the dog
was re-homed and the owners destroyed.