I once had a dog called Macgregor,
A very engaging wee beggar,
He was hairy and small,
Yet thought himself tall,
A buccaneer of a dog, a bootlegger!
Each day I would pen him in,
Somewhere where he could drink and swim , **
Drive to work in my car,
A journey quite far ,
And get back at 7 to give him his dins.
One day when I returned,
It seemed all my bridges had burned,
No sign of my pet,
Which put me in a sweat,
I just didn’t know where to turn!,
I searched everywhere for my dog
In burrows, at friends, under logs**
I looked high and low,
And then , well hello,
My friend said “ring the police to dialogue”***
So I called the police and just prayed,
And asked if they’d seen a Jack Russell that day,
They said “thank The Lord!
It’s our real reward,
Oh please come and take him away!”
So down to the station I went,
And soon it was self evident,
He’d been driving them mad,
By being rather bad,
And woofing all day, to their torment!
He waited till I drove off and then used common sense,
And put up with a charge from the electric fence,
He’d set off up the road,
And enter every abode,
That had cat flaps and food (in his defence!)
When the police put him in a dog pen,
He would scoot through the bars and then,
Lead them a stern chase,
Before he was caught and replaced,
But in a person cell, not a dog one again!
Because he was so very small,
He couldn’t see out of the man pen at all,
So he’d bounce and he’d bounce
And each time, he would woof or ‘pronounce’,
Until he just made their flesh crawl.
He got a police record from that little bish,****
And a taste for the cat-oriented dish,
To his real street cred,
He was watered and fed,
And it explained why his breath always smelled of fish!
*we lived in a mill, with a river running through our garden and he used to swim in it every day
**he regularly dug under fallen ones!
*** sorry, terrible rhyme , but I think you’ll forgive me !
Great Story! I am guessing that Jack Russel and Wirehair have more in common than just their last names (Terrier).
A slight relationship…
Oh I just LOVE this. The poem is great and what a character! JRs are soooo cool.
My family has always had them – they are great dogs!
Mina Matania said:
Oh My! How I remember that little character! I’m not a doggy person, but every now then I encounter a special dog soul…and he was one of those, with knowing mischievousness. Never knew this story about him. Brilliant Mxx
I have a Jack Russel and we love each other but he can be a handful at times. He came with me to Mexico this trip and we have been spending time together on the beach. Alas, he has found a girlfriend so he has less time for me right now. I really enjoyed this poem because I can see it happening.
They are such fabulous dogs!
Ann Mullen said:
What a special dog. And the poem is wonderful. Thank you, Caro, for sharing.
He was the very best! A real character!
Suerae Stein said:
I love it! Macgregor sounds like quite a character – much like our beagle, Wilbur, always on the move!
He was a real character – great fun and lovely to boot!
I am not a dog person but I think that I could make an exception for Macgregor. What a character! Love it!
He was a fantastic personality!