The Plain Dog Show & Yellow Dog Poem

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Dinosaur, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

    When I was 10-15 years old (1940-1955), my father (then 60-75) ran a Plain Dog Show in North Philadelphia,which catered to young kids.

    No thoroughbreds were allowed. He used a Leroy Lettering device to put the name of the dog & owner on an official looking document.

    There was a prize for the yellowest dog, the dog with the longest tail, the dog with the most spots. With my mother's help, he saw to it that every child's dog won a blue ribbon.

    The show was advertised by posting information about the show on telephone poles & in store windows over a large area of North Philadelphia.

    The following poem was part of the advertising posters.
    Yes, I went to see the bow-wows, and I looked at every one,
    Proud dogs of each breed and strain that's underneath the sun;
    But not one could compare with--you may hear it with surprise--
    A little yellow dog I know that never took a prize.

    Not that they would have skipped him when they gave the ribbons out,
    Had there been a class to fit him--though his lineage is in doubt.
    No judge of dogs could e'er resist the honest, faithful eyes
    Of that plain little yellow dog that never took a prize.

    Suppose he wasn't trained to hunt, and never killed a rat,
    And isn't much on tricks or looks or birth--well, what of that?
    That might be said of lots of folks whom men call great and wise,
    As well as of that yellow dog that never took a prize.

    It isn't what a dog can do, or what a dog may be,
    That hits a man. It's simply this--does he believe in me?
    And by that test I know there's not the compeer 'neath the skies
    Of that plain little yellow dog that never took a prize.

    Oh, he's the finest little pup that ever wagged a tail,
    And followed man with equal joy to Congress or to jail.

    I'm going to start a special show--'Twill beat the world for s
    For faithful little yellow dogs, and each shall have a prize.

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  3. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

    Dogs are simply wonderful.

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