Sad Little Puppy

Bella Shepard

“Puppy”, said mother," why so blue, 

What on earth is troubling you?

The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day 

Why don’t you go outside and play".


"I follow my brothers, but they push me aside.

They’re big and they’re strong and I can’t match their stride.

I’m puny and small and they won’t let me play.

What can I do to grow faster each day"?


"My dear little puppy, have patience for now

You’ll grow when it’s time, you don’t have to learn how.

If you make some new friends then I’m sure you will see

That your size doesn’t matter, it’s what you can be".


So puppy went out to see who was around

The barnyard was empty, no one to be found.

He went to the garden and there he found bunny

Who was eating a carrot, and looked at him funny.


“What do you want” he said as he took a big crunch,

"Can’t you see that I’m eating my lunch"?


“Do carrots make you grow faster each day?

I’m trying to learn what will help me that way”.


“Of course carrots will make you big and strong,

If you eat them each day you can never go wrong”.


So bunny shared his carrots and puppy ate too many,

And when he was done wished he hadn’t had any.


Then he saw horse, who was munching on hay

And asked him if he could grow faster this way.


“If you want to grow faster then try some of this,

It’s easy to nibble and you do it like this”


So puppy tried munching the hay just like horse

And once again he ate too much of course.

He went to the pasture and there he found cow

Who was grazing on clover, she could show him just how


“Will your clover make me grow faster each day,

So I will be bigger to run, jump and play”?


Cow looked at puppy in her lazy way

"I’m a cow not a puppy, I really can’t say.

My clover is sweet and gives me what I need

It may help you too if you try it, indeed".


So puppy ate clover right from the ground

He ate and he ate, there was so much around.


"Well asked cow, did that do the trick"?


"I don’t know said puppy but I feel very sick".


He ran home to his mother, who was waiting for him

His poor little tummy was filled to the brim.

“Where have you been” his mother did say,

"I hope that you’ve made some new friends today"


"I made some new friends and I ate with them to,

But my tummy is hurting I can’t think what to do".


"My silly puppy mother said with a smile

I saw you go out and I watched for a while.

I saw you eat clover and carrots and hay

I wondered how much you could eat in a day.

I thought if I let you, you’d figure it out

That time and growing is what it’s about.

Eat what’s good for a puppy and you will soon see

That you’ll grow in good time and be all you can be".


So mother licked puppy’s furry little head

"It’s late in the day and it’s time for bed.

Tomorrow we’ll see what the new day brings

A day that is filled with such wonderful things.

New places to go, new things to explore

New friends to make and there’s so much more.

Be happy my puppy for life will catch up

And one day you’ll find you’re no longer a pup".


Then puppy looked up at his mother so dear

And knew with her there he had nothing to fear.

And finding a spot where the hay was just right

His little head drooped and he told her goodnight.





  • Author: Bella Shepard (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 28th, 2023 11:17
  • Comment from author about the poem: This is one I've had stored in my files for a very long time and was reluctant to put out there because of its length It is also in the form of a rhyming story geared towards children, which may not interest adults. Oh Well here goes, if you have the time and need a bedtime story.
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 30
  • Users favorite of this poem: Fay Slimm., rhmn_7.
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  • orchidee

    A lovely story Bella.
    I saw two cats in a porch way, maybe waiting to get indoors. They were snuggled up, one partly on top of the other one. They were very sweet!

    • Bella Shepard

      Thank you dear Orchi for reading and your lovely comment. There is something very sweet about the innocence of animals. I'm sure your two cats found great comfort in each other.

    • Fay Slimm.

      Oh a wonderful story and with a good moral too - - thank you dear Bella for sharing its impressive rhyming --- - this child at heart likes every line - in fact I must read it again for when my young family visits so into my list of faves goes this lovely puppy tale.

      • Bella Shepard

        Thank you dear Fay for such kind words, I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. I've always loved animal stories and so glad to share with another child at heart. The fav is very much appreciated.

      • sorenbarrett

        Bella, this took me back to my childhood and I felt like my mother was reading it to me as a bedtime story. When I had finished it dawned on me there was more here than meets the eye. This was a parable and yes what is good for one is not always good for another. Be careful of what you believe from what others tell you. Advice from a stranger can lead to problems. As to the length dear Bella it should never be a worry it is the quality of the work that counts and this was great, thanks for sharing.

        • Bella Shepard

          Dear friend, thank you so much for such kind words. I guess there is always a part of us that holds the child we were very dear. It is nice to be able to go back when the troubles of the adult world seem overwhelming, and a little touch mother love goes a long way.

        • Neville

          this is one of those that I really think needs to be made into a child's animated film and made available in every language under the sun .. and a few above it too .. I love everything about it .. and if I had faves, then this would be right up there with your other one's .. Neville

          • Bella Shepard

            Dear Nev, you are far too kind and I am truly humbled by your comment. A number of years ago, while going through a box of mementos my mother had kept for years; birthday cards, mother's day cards, pictures that I had drawn as a child, I came across a story about a dog that I had written when I was probably 5 or 6 years old. So it only took me roughly 60 years to put it in a little more sophisticated form form. Thank you, you've no idea how much your friendship is valued.

          • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

            Really lovely to read this 🙂 thanks for sharing this .. you have expressed yourself so nicely

            • Bella Shepard

              Thank you dear friend, I always appreciate your comments.

            • Goldfinch60

              Super write Bella.


            • arqios

              Oh wow a tale! And a realisation of why puppies don't usually grow up in litters, hardly ever so. And when they do, as it were, much like in human interactions... we end up being filled and ready by those closest to us in spite of what ails us outside of that intimate bond.

              • Bella Shepard

                Thank you dear Bard, so glad that you enjoyed. Mother love is everywhere and so often in the animal world we fail to see what we share. I always appreciate your kind and knowing words.

              • L. B. Mek

                you have so wonderfully
                merged, two didactive and fun story lines
                the movies: 'Babe' and 'Baby's day out'
                such a fun read
                your wording has captured
                that poetic, lullaby voice
                which is so hard for us adults to do
                really well executed
                thanks for sharing dear Poet

                • Bella Shepard

                  Thank you so much dear friend. I cherish your kind words, as I do your friendship. Even at my advanced age there are times I would love to hear my father's voice reading me a story in that poetic, lullaby voice that you so beautifully describe.

                • rhmn_7

                  I was expecting some sad story but it's so heart warming, almost like a song to cheer up. As if your words and verses were dancing while I was reading them.

                  • Bella Shepard

                    My dear poet you are so kind in your comment, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. I often thought that the title would give the wrong impression, but I could never come up with better one. Your
                    image of dancing words just made me smile, and I sincerely thank you for the fav.

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