I hope you enjoy the following two poems which I wrote in 1998.
Features of the Tibetan Spaniel
by Pam Dunlop, Tibrockney Tibetan Spaniels, Australia ©1998
There’s a saying amongst we Tibbie folk, here’s a warning so take heed,
That once you have a Tibbie, you’ll never want another breed.
They were bred in Buddhist monasteries, high up in Tibet,
Used to give the Monks some warmth and as watch dogs, don’t forget.
With cousins like the Pekingese and Lhasa Apso too,
You’d expect a lot of grooming, but don’t worry that’s not true.
They have a lovely double coat which keeps them warm and clean,
It should be lying rather flat and finished with a sheen.
Tibbies love to talk to you in a language all their own,
In time you’ll grasp the meaning, and recognise the tone.
It’s said that they are part feline, is that because they’re agile?
And yes they are a sturdy dog, you couldn’t call them fragile.
Actually they’re independent, that’s why they’re like a cat,
They also have a curious streak, most Tibbies are like that.
A breed that’s slightly arrogant, their tails are carried proud,
There’s creams right through to black and tans, all colours are allowed.
An apelike expression is the face we like to see,
With a scowl that’s quite enchanting, a special trait you will agree.
Comparing males and females should not be all that hard,
The adult males possess a mane and strut around their yard.
The girls should have a smaller head and may be dainty and petite,
The boys will ‘drive you up the wall’ when the girls all come on heat.
They are known to dislike kennels but are partial to your bed,
You must make sure you fence them in and stay one step ahead.
Tibbies can be schemers and have a very high IQ,
They don’t take long to learn some tricks and be trained in something new.
But please don’t let them off their leads they are not the most obedient,
They’ll try to ‘get one up on you’ if owners are too lenient.
With strangers they can be aloof, a fact that’s quite well known,
They also have a stubborn streak and this they like to hone.
They probably won’t come when called I know they rarely listen,
Unless I have a treat in store and show them what they’re missin’.
This often makes me wonder why I give my Tibbies ‘call’ names,
It sometimes seems so pointless when they play their stubborn games.
I think this is their only vice and for this we must be grateful,
I would not give them other ideas, to tempt this could be fateful.
So if you get a Tibbie, it’s a decision you won’t regret,
There’ll never be dull moments, you couldn’t have a better pet.
A Tibbie Christmas
by Pam Dunlop, Tibrockney Tibetan Spaniels, Australia © 1998
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Kramer is squeaking his fluffy new mouse.
Lexie is chasing the cat in the yard,
and Barney is out at the gate keeping guard.
The stockings are hung and the Tibbies now wait,
for Santa’s arrival they hope he’s not late.
Then midnight approaches they’re into their beds,
excited but tired those three sleepyheads.
When morning arrives the stockings are filled,
these days they’re not paid for – the credit card’s billed!
But first there is breakfast or so Tim has thought,
the Tibs want to see what presents were bought.
Now Kramer, now Lexie, now Barney, let’s see,
what good old Saint Nick has left under the tree.
There seems to be plenty of gifts to seek out,
but Barney’s not sure what the fuss is about.
Santa has left a new black mouse for Kramer,
and Lexie is jealous, you really can’t blame her.
But her best toy is still there she’s just not aware,
that Santa has left her a new teddy bear.
And Barney just doesn’t know where to begin,
it is his first Christmas, his mind’s in a spin.
But then when he gets a big chewy from Mum,
he decides that Christmas is sure lots of fun.
These dogs must be spoilt or at least well looked after,
with a family like this there is always much laughter.
It may seem a while ‘til next Christmas is here,
but in this house it seems Christmas happens all year!
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