I know you all just want pictures of the Mutt. I’ll use this poem, based on Wordsworth’s famous poem, as an excuse to post a load taken over the seven or so years he’s been with us…

Dog Show

(Upon Westminster Bridge, William Wordsworth)

Earth has not anything to show more fair

Than this dog, all primped and ready to show 

His best at the fete in quaint Ludlow.

The next dogs are ready; he’ll stand and stare

At the line-up for shaggiest mutt:

Sniffy and aloof in his smooth white coat,

Scratching his ear as if to say, ‘it’s not

That hard to be a mess, and win that pot

By being a scruff.’ That’s Dog, he likes to gloat.

Now he’s on; his class of choice – Best Rescue –

Is one he’s ready to embrace and, primed,

He looks around, ears up, waiting for his cue

To save the day. But Hero Dog is undermined

By judges who are after cute. They haven’t a clue

These men. A ragbag wins. Dog slumps, resigned.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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48 Responses to Dog…

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you Geoff, love poem and photos 💜💜💜

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  2. Darlene says:

    Dog is a handsome pup! Love all the pictures, thanks. Give him a cuddle from me. xo

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  3. V.M.Sang says:

    He has so many different expressions. I can almost hear what he’s thinking.
    Lovely poem, too, although what Wordsworth would have thought, I don’t know. Probably flattered.

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  4. Gorgeous Geoff. One very photogenic and expressive pooch.

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  5. A handsome chappy indeed, along with a good poem 👍

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  6. He’s certainly expressive

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  7. I love me some Dog! He gives great face. ❤

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  8. Erika says:

    He is a star!

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  9. Ritu says:

    Loved all the pics of Dog! ❤

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  10. Lesley says:

    Ahh, he’s fabulous. I love him! 😀

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  11. Great shots of Dog. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Mary Smith says:

    Wonderful photos – thanks for sharing them with us. He has an incredible range of facial expressions.

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  13. Elizabeth says:

    So he got his own seat at the theatre? How did he like it? My favorite images are those when he looks put out by the camera. As in “you again?”

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  14. Suzanne says:

    I’ll add another thumbs up for Dog and his fan club. Can’t have too many poems on a stormy Thursday morning.

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  16. JT Twissel says:

    You’ve certainly got an inspirational dog!

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  17. Widdershins says:

    What a wonderful indulgence of Dog. 🙂

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  18. noelleg44 says:

    What a handsome dog! Those eyes really get you!

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  19. What a handsome, patient, and stalwart fellow Dog is! Excellent choice for the opening photo, like he’s just arrived from Heaven. Enjoyed the poem as well, though the photos kind of upstage it, each being worth a thousand words and all. ;-D


  20. Jennie says:

    Thank you for my ‘dog fix’. He is quite the handsome fellow.

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