Judith Viorst

(February 2, 1931)

Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog - Poem by Judith Viorst

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
She's making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

Comments about Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog by Judith Viorst

  • Chris Embrick (10/28/2017 12:51:00 PM)

    True, Your Mother may be stubborn
    Not want a dog for a house pet
    Besides all the canine special care
    Add to the list trips to the vet
    I thought at first, why not a cat
    But like the dog, the cat will shed
    And even though, trained to potty
    She'll find pus sleeping on her bed
    So alas, the pet dilemma
    But please be kind for dear Mom's sake
    Try a parrot or a gerbel
    I had no luck with my pet snake.

    Great, funny poem. Yours. Keep writing. A 10
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  • (11/28/2016 4:44:00 PM)

    (Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog by Judith Viorst.) **Love the twist: a snake! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Abderrahmane Dakir (2/28/2016 8:49:00 AM)

    Nice poem about the moody dog. Thank you Judith Viorst for this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/1/2016 9:13:00 PM)

    Excellent writing with a lot of humor and practical truth, however, dogs are faithful and a man's best friend. I love the closing line, it is fanstastic. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (11/15/2015 2:53:00 PM)

    My but a day goes better when begun with a poem by Judith Viorst (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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