When it comes to animals, I have no problem expressing my adoration through song and poetry. I can’t exactly say when this began. I just know that when I’m in a room with a cat or dog, it will take me five seconds to begin expressing my love for them as if I’m some kind of modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac.
Take any time I attend a party. You’ll find me in a corner with the household pet — the poor cat or dog — who is trapped and forced to listen to me profess my love for his perfectly fluffy fur.
“I love your paws, and everything attached to them,” is a regular phrase I find myself cooing in a sing-song voice to a multitude of pets. From there I’ll usually go off to more specifics about the cuteness of their noses or how adorable their ears are.
However, this isn’t a one sided dialogue — I bet that if animals could talk they would have a thing or two to say back. Let’s face it, our pets are probably just as poetic as we are.
That’s why when Chronicle Books announced the publication of Francesco Marciuliano’s I Could Pee on This, I found myself absolutely delighted. Finally! A poetry book written from the perspective of cats! I always knew cats were actually tiny, furry Allen Ginsbergs.
But what about the dogs? I’m certain our canine companions are just as poetic about artistically expressing themselves through verse, too.
That’s why we’re delighted that Chronicle Books is publishing the canine companion to I Could Pee on This, titled I Could Chew on This.
I Could Chew on This is the poetic portal to the inside workings of a dog’s mind. It takes all that we have ever wondered about the deepest, most darkest thoughts of our canine buddies and places them in funny and relatable verses.
In order to fully celebrate this achievement, we’re having a giveaway of a signed copy of I Could Chew on This. All that we need from you, thoughtful readers, is to share a short poem you think your dog would write. Nothing too crazy, either. Just something short and fun that you can imagine your dog poetically saying.
If you need inspiration, take a look at this hilarious trailer that features two poems that appear in I Could Chew on This.
To enter, leave us a comment below with your own short haiku dedicated to the canine in your life. We’ll pick our favorite answer next Wednesday, August 28, at noon PST, and we’ll contact the winner via email. You’ll have two days to respond or we’ll choose another winner. (Sorry, that’s just how it goes!)
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