For couples without children, dogs provide
an object and a source of loving care.
Since they don’t talk, in them you may confide
the secrets of your heart, which they won’t share.
Another name for “dog” should be a “hug,”
just as a “pet” implies what pets are for:
big ones you embrace, and small ones snug-
gle in your lap, and both are to adore.
Lest this seem a bizarre idolatry,
misplaced devotion rightly given to God,
(an anagram for dog), “Come unto me,”
He said. A sheepdog first obeyed his rod.
Companion, friend, ally and faithful guide—
no wonder dog and God are so allied.