This old brown dog only
Gets your bad attention
Ruff
He clearly sees a threat down the street
A shadow in the yard
A stranger approaching the door
Ruff ruff
A wolf disguised as a loved one

You tell him shut up
Ruff
But he smells the threat
Ruff ruff

It isn’t just
Fear he feels
Unaware of the disadvantage
Of his handicapped paw
It’s
Ruffruffruff
Urgency

He
Just
Knows
Wants to protect you and the house
Smells trouble about
Ruff ruff RUFF
But you’re tired of his barking
Tell him SHUT UP again
Finally decide you can’t win
Ruff ruff
Take him out the back door to the kennel
Ruff
Walk 
    around 
    to 
    the
Front

And welcome the stranger in
For dinner

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