The puppy's owner called him Dum Dum,
He said the dog was not too bright,
And because he was considered dumb,
He felt the puppy's name was right.
He would not come if he were
Not even if one slapped one's
He ignored enticing whistles,
And he refused to go Bye-Bye.
Little Dum Dum would not chase a
If someone threw it and yelled,
He sat and stayed, as it rolled
It was as if the dog were deaf.
And Dum Dum never would chase
Even when they teased him,
In fact, he shared his food with
Cause their purring pleased
If he heard a noise in the house,
In the middle of the night,
Dum Dum neither barked nor
But cringed and hid in
He had a healthy appetite,
And ate the food the kids would not,
Green beans and peas went down with
And even spinach hit the spot.
He had a comfy doggy bed,
Though often in the night,
He'd crawl in with the smallest
And snuggle up real tight.
The children gave him doggy
Which he loved down to his core,
But, even more than doggy treats,
Dum Dum loved the kiddies more.
But exactly what did Dum Dum do,
To earn his board and keep,
His master said, as he shook his head,
"He only eats and sleeps."
"He is not a great watch dog,
And he will not chase a cat,
He won't come, when he is called,
There's nothing he is good at."
So Dad gave an ultimatum,
He said that Dum Dum has to
"The dog can stay through Christmas
But he must go by New Year's Eve."
A nasty blizzard hit on
Bringing sheets of ice and banks of
The weather outdoors was freezing,
With temps at Zero and below.
They were prisoners in their house,
It was much too cold to go
Their fireplace was blazing hot,
And it felt so good to be inside.
But, while they slept, late in the
A few errant flames escaped,
Free to dance and prance
They made their way to nearby drapes.
A new fire began and rose high,
And wider and wider it spread!
It fizzled, sizzled, crackled, and
As the devouring flames were
The whole family was sound asleep,
Little Dum Dum was snoring,
All unaware of the danger there,
The fire came closer ... and
Then restlessly stirring in his sleep,
Dum Dum awoke at the smell of smoke,
Filled with fright, he knew all was not
He tried to bark, but could only
"Cough, Cough - Hack, Hack," What could he
His tiny throat was dry!
The smoke almost engulfed him, too,
Big tears flowed from his eyes.
Dum Dum could barely see the
As he stumbled round the room,
But the brightness from the fire's
Helped him through the smoke and
He jumped upon each child's bed,
To wake them from their sleep,
He pushed and pulled, and pawed and
And licked their ears and cheeks.
Such good kids they were, they all woke
And followed Dum Dum cross the floor,
By his doggy's inborn sense of smell,
He led them safely to outdoors!
Next Dum Dum gulped some sweet, fresh
Before rushing back inside,
Where he found the children's father,
And led him, too, outside!
Though he singed his tail and whiskers,
Dum Dum was otherwise unhurt,
They all said he was a hero,
He was so brave and so alert.
So they gave him a brand new
Made of tooled leather, trimmed in
The ultimatum then was lifted,
Dum Dum no longer had to go!
"The smartest dog in all the world,"
Was how they described him
And never, ever would they say.
"How dumb Dum Dum was," again!
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