How much of what I say do our dogs know
When I talk to them all throughout the day,
At home or on our walks with me in tow
As we go on about our merry way?
One word I know for sure they know is “No!”
By which they know that something’s not okay:
It’s not to do, or somewhere not to go,
And what I hope they know they should obey.
It’s not that I’m a boss who domineers,
Wanting to keep them from their kinds of fun;
It’s only when some dangerous thing appears,
Something to eat or drink they ought to shun,
That I protest and act imperious,
For dogs, like cats, can be too curious.