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Peter Mladinic

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The Dog No One Wants

I’m not talking about a Yorkie, a teacup

Chihuahua or any of those fancy breeds,

but the dog at the shelter no one wants,

and not because it bites, stinks, sheds.

Only the workers know of this dog’s pros

and cons, even they hardly know,

inundated as they are. Nothing

in this medium sized dog stands out.

It’s overlooked by people. Who needs it?

Just go in any say give me the dog

no one wants, the one no one notices.

They come in, look, walk out with a dog

to care for. Care for that, go against

the grain. Be different, after all you are

different; there’s only one you. That dog

most overlooked, that’s been there longest,

that’s the one, the fit companion

for the needy, caring person you are.

Originally published in Our Day’s Encounter (July 22, 2023):

About the Author: Peter Mladinic’s fifth book of poems, Voices from the Past, is due out in November 2023 from Better Than Starbucks Publications. An animal rights advocate, he lives in Hobbs, New Mexico, United State.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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