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Songs for my dog

Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 18, 2008 07:32 AM

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Fellow pet owners, do you sing to your pet? I bet you do. I make up songs for Milo all the time, especially when Mr. Improbable is gone and it's just me and Little Big Dog. When he is curled up in his chair:


You ain't nothin' but a round dog
Curled up in a ball.
You ain't nothin' but a round dog
Curled up in a ball.
When it's cold outside you like to make yourself real small.

When he has been bad (apologies to Amy Winehouse):


Who's the best of all the bad dogs?
It's Mi lo, lo, lo.
Yes, he's been bad but don't you get mad
He don't know, know, know.
He don't always mind
But if his people think he's fine
You ask 'em who's the best of bad dogs,
They say Mi, Mi, lo.

And when that terrier energy just -- won't -- quit:


He is the dog that never ends
He just goes on and on, my friends.
Some people went to play with him
Not knowing what he was
And now they have to play with him forever
Just because
He is the dog that never ends ...

If you sing to YOUR pet, and have good Pet Sounds of a kind Brian Wilson never intended, leave 'em in comments!

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6 comments so far...
  1. Thank you for making my morning by posting pictures of your ADORABLE dog!

    I would love to get a dog some day, but at this stage in my life, I'm just not home enough to take care of one so I don't want to be cruel and get one anyway.

    In the meantime, I LOVE watching the dogs in the Common and all over Boston.

    I'll keep my eyes peeled for Milo!

    Robin says: Thanks! It was a long time before I was settled enough to have a dog. Good for you for waiting--you're doing the right thing. In the meantime, though, if you have friends with dogs, they'd probably love it if you'd "borrow" theirs for a while, for a walk or playdate.

    Posted by Danielle D. March 18, 08 08:48 AM
  1. My dog is Winnie, so she frequently hears:
    Winnie the pooch, Winnie the pooch
    Tubby little puppy all stuffed with fluff she's
    Winnie the pooch, Winnie the pooch
    Silly, willy, nilly old dog...

    Posted by Liz March 18, 08 09:58 AM
  1. I sing to my kitten Mortimer all the time and change the lyrics to existing songs.

    All you need is Mort
    do do do
    All you need is Mort Mort
    Mort is all you need

    Robin says: You could also try, to the tune of "YMCA":

    He is the kitten named M-O-R-T!
    We like the kitten named M-O-R-T!
    He's the kitten named Mort,
    He's a really good sport,
    He's the best of the cats, in short!

    Posted by Amanda March 18, 08 11:26 AM
  1. Aussies are serious dogs -- you don't sing to an Aussie, the Aussie sings to you.

    Robin says: Basenjis sing, too! Milo is part basenji, we were told, but doesn't have the singing gene (and DOES have the barking gene, unfortunately). Check out "Duet for Basenji and Flute" on Mr. Improbable's blog:

    Posted by Dave Strauss March 18, 08 03:22 PM
  1. Every time you post pictures of Milo I feel I'm looking at my dog, Kash. It's incredible how much they look alike!

    Robin says: Are you the person who sent me a picture once? I got a picture from a reader this winter with a very Miloey dog.

    Is Kash a rat terrier? Milo is allegedly part rat terrier, part Jack Russell and part basenji.

    Posted by Ana March 19, 08 01:12 PM
  1. Thank you for this, I sing to my dog, Brady, a Yorkie, all the time. Now I know I am not weird all by myself!!

    "I love you Brady
    Oh yes I do!

    I love you Brady
    Through and Through

    When you're not with me...
    I'm blue!"

    Got that from a stint in Bye Bye Birdie in High School long!

    Posted by Kristi May 16, 08 10:30 AM
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