“The Perfect Dog” by John O’Hurley*
My son asked a question as little boys do
Of me in my wisdom and all that I knew.
â€œIs there a dog that is perfect?â€ he asked on a whim,
Well, I thought and I thought about where to begin.
â€œHeâ€™d have ears that were floppyâ€¦ or cropped and alert
And eyes that were sleepyâ€¦ or perky and pert,
Heâ€™d leap like a bunny or sit in your lap
And run fast as horsesâ€¦ or opt for a nap.
â€œA dog that is perfect would be covered in spots
Or maybe one-color â€¦ and then have spots-not.
â€œHeâ€™d be small as a teacupâ€¦ or big as a house,
With a nose that seemed flattened â€¦ or long like a mouse,
â€œHeâ€™d swim and heâ€™d hunt with a coat flying free
Or be dainty and delicate â€¦ and â€˜Heâ€™dâ€™ be a â€˜Sheâ€™
As I struggled to answer, and not with a clue,
My son, with a smile, said, out of the blue,
With the wisdom of children, what he already knewâ€¦
The dog that is perfect â€¦ is the one next to you.
*Actor who was Elaine’s boss in Seinfeld.Â