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Cantering Captain Pande (Monium)

I named her Pande. Wrote this in 2018. She had been lost by someone who had overbred her. I am grateful for the few years we had together.

Arabella Pandemonium

Arabella Pandemonium


Arabella Pandy

Arabella Pandy,
a fine little Pom,
all white and jubilant,
prancing along –
until she hears Pamela
in a place the lady
does not belong.

It is the master bedroom closet
where the felines choose to stay,
each draped across their comfy bed.
They seldom care to play.

Here comes Galloping Supervisor –
yes, half-wishing today
to be Cantering Captain Pandy
arriving for duties and display!

Balancing at full halt
between the two cats’ faces,
Pandy’s chin points strongly upward,
eager for good times and races.

Pandy teetering on two back feet –
and feeling terrifically tall --
will thwart the unfairness
of felines
getting petted at all, at all!

Pandy is front and center
as Pamela strokes both cats.
Emerald hisses at the presence
of this canine Sassy-Pants.

Then Emerald loudly YOWLS
and takes a swipe toward the face
of this intrusive dog
in the cats’ private space.

“We had better go, Pandy,”
says Pamela to the fearless Pom.
“Soon Emerald will lose patience
and extend her claws. Come along.”

Little Pandy struts out of the closet –
happy, proud and strong,
knowing she has done her duty
and she will do so, all day long!

Miss Pamela returns to her desk
down the long, dark hall.
Pitter-pattering, Pandy follows
wondering when she can play ball.

Pandy lies at Pamela’s feet
and breathes a muffled sigh
‘I need sunshine and a ball to chase.
Why this? Why must I pronely lie?’

The hours pass. Pandy sleeps.
Her lady toils ‘til done.
“Come, Pandy, let’s go check the cats.”
Now Pandy’s at full run!

To the cats’ den, Pandy gallops
and skids happily into place.
Almost tumbling, she straightens.
Front and center! Turn and face!

“Oh, Pandy! When will you calmly enter
and thus earn a captain’s grade?”
Emerald’s eyes flash the query.
Pandy replies, “When I’m bored and staid!”

Pamela pats three furry heads,
then invites Pandy outside to play.
“Come on, Galloping Supervisor,
Let’s chase the ball today.”

Emerald has five names and nine beds and would be very pleased if Pandy would go live in someone else's house rather than hers.

Emerald has five names and nine beds and would be very pleased if Pandy would go live in someone else's house rather than hers.

Princely, kind Princely.

Princely, kind Princely.

Pande, Pandy to her friends, is always ready to play, romp and run.

Pande, Pandy to her friends, is always ready to play, romp and run.

© 2018 Pamela Dapples


Pamela Dapples (author) from Arizona. on August 22, 2019:

Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2019:

What beautiful animals Pamela, and lovely poetry to highlight them. I have six cats and two dogs so this appealed to me.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 25, 2018:

You have such a good heart rescuing these sweet animals. It's easy to buy a perfect one, but so much more challenging and rewarding to take one who comes with a story (where you need to take them "as is").

Pamela Dapples (author) from Arizona. on November 24, 2018:

Thank you, FlourishAnyway. Emerald came first. I've had her for ten years and she is a bit odd as she is a one-person cat and will not associate much with other cats. It took three years for her to warm up to Princely, the white cat. I got him at the shelter when I went to look at dogs. His owner had died and he looked so miserable and hopeless. Pandy has been with us now almost two years. After finding her (lost) and trying to network her on 30 dog sites in all of Phoenix for weeks, I gave her to a really good rescue organization that I trusted. I had liked my routine and didn't like losing sleep as I'd been doing. I hadn't slept in once since she arrived. But then after signing her over, I missed her so much, I adopted her back within a week. FlourishAnyway, I haven't seen your hubs in ages as I've been away. I will be looking at your newest themes. Happy writing!.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 23, 2018:

Your cats are patient with Pandy. Who came first? They are all beautiful. You tell a cute little tale of mischief.

Pamela Dapples (author) from Arizona. on November 20, 2018:

Thank you, Nithya! Am getting two more kitties on Thursday.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 20, 2018:

Your pets are so adorable. Enjoyed reading about your pet cats and dog.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 16, 2018:

Lovely story and those fun pets of yours are real characters! Cats can be so aloof can't they, and dogs just want to play.


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