Monday, April 15, 2013

Retired Greyhound II

I wanted to write about one of the dog poems this week since I have yet to, so I chose the poem about the abused dog. People sometimes do not think about animals' thoughts and feelings because animals cannot talk to express them, but that does not mean that they do not exist. I like this poem because it gets inside the dog's mind and shows the reader that how humans treat animals has more of an impact on them than the human may think. The dog in the poem remembers being abused, and still cringes when a human raises their hand. The poem even compares the dog to its human companion who was attacked by a dog. I love the irony in this poem. The dog fears all humans (except the woman) because it was abused by humans. The woman fears dogs (except the dog in the poem) because she was attacked by a dog. Yet they still lean to each other for support and understanding. I think this scenario can be applied to multiple parts of life. Something hurts you, but you still go back to it because you need it. If anyone has any examples of this that they would like to share, I would love to hear them.


  1. I enjoyed reading this poem, and loved the irony it entailed

  2. I really like the way you analyzed this poem. I love that the dog yearned for the women's companionship and vice versa. I think that it shows alot about our nature as animals and humans. We can be hurt countless times but we still persevere. And that sometimes we even yearn for the very things that hurt us. Life is strange that way.

  3. I love love this discussion!! I am a true animal lover and one day I am going to be a veterinarian. I have the same opinion people do not understand the hurt and pain they can cause animals.