Canine Humor: The Dog in a Basket Poem

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Mark Tulin is an ex-psychotherapist who resides with his wife in California. He writes poetry and attempts to pet cute dogs in baskets.


The Challenges of Being a Dog in a Basket

I love looking at dogs in bicycle or motorcycle baskets. They are so adorable, going along for a ride with their owner, strapped into the basket like a little package, enjoying the fresh air and the thrill and adventure of not knowing where they're going.

But when the bike stops and there is no movement or owner, the dog looks so bewildered and vulnerable. It is then that people want to take pictures or come closer. The dog is thus met with a challenge. Do I act friendly and possibly risk annoying my owner? Or do I hold firm, practice good owner-canine loyalty and bark at approaching strangers?

I'm afraid that these are the things that I think about between moments when I'm writing poetry and gazing out into the wilderness of life.

The Dog in a Basket Poem

The dog in a motorcycle basket

repeats to himself,

“I must be with my owner

wherever she goes.

I can never be left at home by myself

under any circumstances.

I will wait for her patiently

however long she takes

and will not talk to strangers

no matter if they lure me with treats.”

As the dog waits for his owner

outside the bookstore she often frequents,

he notices a throng of people who gather,

treacherously smiling, poking at him

with smelly finger pads and hairy forearms.

“How cute you are, little doggie,” they say.

“What a pretty little face,”

and they attempt to pet his fluffy coat

and tickle his warm underbelly.

The dog becomes furious,

barks and bares his pointed teeth,

makes like a pit or a mastiff and growls

“Back off wise guy! Move aside, sister!

Don’t come any closer, kid

or that Milk Bone you’re holding

will be minced meat!”

The dog won’t be fooled or tricked.

His owner will be back soon, he hopes,

and she won’t be happy by the coven of dog lovers

who linger and fawn.

‘Cause he’s a one-woman dog

and a one-woman dog is who he be!

The Dog in the Basket Poem

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        Mark Tulin 

        8 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Me too, Tamara. We need more silly dogs and laughter in the world.

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        Tamara Yancosky Jankowska 

        8 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

        Mark, I have seen a dog, complete with goggles, in a motorcycle basket in my area and it is quite a site! I love dogs, and I enjoy laughing. Thank you!

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Love is an amazing dog name, Tim. If any living creature could live up to that name, it’s a dog. And he loves fruit as well. Gosh. Give my love to Love.

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 months ago from U.S.A.

        Just another visit, Mark. Many smiles as I watched one of our dogs stick its little head in our vegetable basket. My dog, Love, is a fruit craving tyrant. I laughed and came back to this poem today because of her.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Nell. Cute dogs are one of life’s little joys.

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        Nell Rose 

        2 months ago from England

        I love it! its not something I would have thought about, but now I will always think of your poem when I see a dog in a basket.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Tamara. Thor sounds awfully cute.

        Thumbs up sounds like a good idea, Flourish. A peace sign might also work.

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        2 months ago from USA

        Although I don't have dogs myself, the next time I see a dog in a basket I'll just nod at him or give him a thumbs up. Wouldn't want to create a quandary in his little canine heart.

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        Tamara Yancosky Jankowska 

        2 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

        Definitely a sweet poem, all together. ♥️ I have many canine friends, myself. My favorite is an English Bulldog named, Thor. This post is truly a delight!


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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        So true, Dana. I feel my spouse is loyal and faithful but I’d like to find it in a friend and to be that way myself. I think that’s why people love dogs so much. It’s rare to find the same traits in humans.

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        Dana Tate 

        2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

        This was so cute. I love that you gave the dog a voice and we were able to see life through his eyes. Dogs are affectionate and very loyal to their owner. The saying that- a dog is a man'/woman best friend- is true. I would love to have a friend or, spose for that matter with that kind of faithfulness.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Tim, I miss my chihuahua, Poppy. He used to sit on my lap as I drove. I would have loved to put him in a little basket, strapped him in tight, and put a pair of sunglasses on him to make him look super cool.

        Rinita, I’m not crazy about mushy poems, either. Mushy doesn’t go with humor very well.

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 months ago

        Fun read, nicely done from the dog's perspective. I love how the tone is not too mushy, but intentionally humorous. Love it!

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 months ago from U.S.A.

        I like this poem, Mark. I imagined watching that little dog. It's funny to think about. I have three little dogs who love to ride in the car and stick their tiny heads out the window and sniff. I couldn't help but laugh because that dog in a basket sounds like my little Amour. Great work as always.

        To a master poet, , deepest respect,


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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, John. And I’m sorry you’re down to only one dog. I’ve never had more than one dog at a time. It must have been really something to have five.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Well, I am a dog lover, having had up to five dogs at one time. Now sadly I only have one old dog (two others passed away in the last 12 months.) Yes, I think you described the loyal dog's quandary very well.

        I enjoyed this poem, Mark.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thanks, Maya. It's hard not to think of animals with anything but compassion and understanding. They're so amazing.

        Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee. I'm glad it warmed your heart. I know you have warmed a few hearts with your poetry as well.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        A wonderful and heartwarming poem.

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        Maya Ellenson 

        2 months ago from Hobe Sound, Florida

        Very kind, moving and a heart-opening poem, Mark! It sparks in us our better versions as we tap into a mode of compassion and understanding in relationships with animals.


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