What is a doggie for if not to teach
you better how to love and care, to give
you opportunities to make a crea-
ture glad, while you become more sensitive?
Who’s taming whom may be in question here:
you both come wild into this world of woe
and face the same great adversary, fear,
yet both can grow in love before you go.
Thus man’s best friend may prove his greatest guide
and easiest teacher of what’s best to learn
since all those years of walking side by side
breed mutual affectionate concern—
a lesson that extends to man and wife
and all to all: to live a loving life.