Canine Haikus

June 10th, 2014 by Dionna | 11 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Carnival of Natural Parenting, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family

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Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about kids and pets.

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About a month ago, our family adopted our first family rescue dog: Prince Han Solo of the Southern Isles (better known as Hans). His arrival has inspired some creative writing: we introduced Hans to the world with a song we wrote to a familiar tune (“Love is a Rescue Dog“), and here I am today working on some haikus. There’s just something about kids and dogs that makes my inner poet smile.

As always – please share your own haiku in the comments. It doesn’t have to be about your family pet, but for sure use pets as inspiration if you can!

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On Toddlers and Dogs

“Get her off of me!!”
She tackles, tugs, pulls, hugs, loves . . .
“No wait; I like it.”

One toddler. One dog.
I’m not sure who to blame now
for all the mess.

Ailia feeding Hans:
“Kibble for you and for me.
Good friends share their food!”

On Teething Puppies

Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch.
What in the world is that noise?
“Stop eating the wall!”

Our Star Wars blanket!
Rascal dog disturbs the force.
(Jedi teething tricks.)

On Going Outside

So much to bark at -
Cats! Kids! Cars! Birds! Butterflies -
I forgot to pee.

Five minutes later . . .

Gotta go right now!
Wait – you’re not coming out too?
Can’t pee without you :(

On Dogs and Boys

Being six is tough.
Puppy hugs make it better.
Furry therapy.

The day’s discovery:
“Hans will eat the food I drop!”
Don’t tell your sister.

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • HOW PETS CONNECT WITH EMOTIONS: KIDS & PETS AFTER 9-11 — Parenting Expert Laurie Hollman at Parental Intelligence discusses the importance of pets in lowering stress after traumatic situations, why children choose certain pets, the loss of a pet, and the role of parents in teaching care-giving to animals in a warm, gentle way.
  • It’s not our house without a dog! — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work describes why giving a loving and disciplined home to at least one shelter dog at a time enriches the life of her family, and has become a vivid memory in the minds of her children.
  • Canine Haikus

    Kids, dog, haikus, at

    Dionna (Code Name: Mama).

    Pet-centric poems.

  • Beanie’s BunniesOur Mindful Life‘s Sofi Bean has gotten her first pets!
  • Montessori Care of Pets — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now tells about her experiences with kids and pets and shares Montessori resources for pet care.
  • How to Nurture Your Child’s Awareness of Spirit Guides — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama hosts a post from her regular contributor Lauren of SpiralElixir.com. Lauren looks at the concept of animals as spirit guides and how deeply children are connected to this realm. She also encourages us to open ourselves up as parents to the reality that children are naturally more connected to the animal world, giving us ideas on how to nurture their relationships with their Spirit Guides.
  • No Puppy! — Meg at the Boho Mama shares her tips for dealing with toddlers and the (very real) fear of animals.
  • Year of the Pets — Jorje of Momma Jorje wasn’t sure she ever wanted pets again, but things have changed a lot this year!
  • 3 Reasons Why Keeping Backyard Chickens is Good for my Toddler — Bianca, The Pierogie Mama, started keeping backyard chickens for the benefit of their eggs, but what she wasn’t prepared for was what they would teach her two year old daughter too.

11 Responses to:
"Canine Haikus"

  1. What fun haikus! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Love these! So sweet. And I’m a sucker for haiku :) Here, since I wrote about horses,

    Horses smell so bad,
    But Adora loves them, so
    Let’s go and see them.

    Haha, I could have just put this instead of my whole post. Sums up the entire thing.

  3. Camille Flores   SurvivorinMx

    Cute! I never mastered the haiku myself but yours are great!

  4. Laura   beansprouthair

    Love them ALL!!!! And Hans is sure a lucky dog to live with your sweet family!

  5. Lauren @ Hobo Mama   Hobo_Mama

    What a sweetheart! Your haiku made me laugh. Love the pee ones, ha ha!

  6. Laurie Hollman   dr.lauriehollmangmail.com

    Your haikus are such a warm and lovely way to relate to all of us readers. Thanks.
    Laurie at Parental Intelligence

  7. Bianca   thepierogiemama

    Love these, and they’re so unique! We always adopt rescue dogs too, I’m glad yours found a home with you :)

  8. Momma Jorje   MommaJorje

    hahaha – awesome! I think haikus are so fun, but haven’t really written them myself since school (as an assignment).

  9. Meg @ boho mama   megankimmelshue

    Hehe! I love Hans’ full name. What a cutie!

  10. Deb @ Living Montessori Now   DebChitwood

    I love seeing how much fun your family is having with your new pet (great name, too)! Fun song and haikus! :)

  11. Jennifer @ Hybrid Rasta Mama   hybridrastamama

    I don’t know if you knew this or not but my mom is a published Haiku poet so of course, I had to show her this post. She loved your work (as did I) and said you need to do more of this! :) Your dog is a great muse!

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