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If I Had a Dog

I'm Prepared

By Judey Kalchik Published 13 days ago 1 min read
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If I had a dog I think I would call him Robert.

Unless he was an Irish Setter.

Then I would call him Finian.

It's unlikely that I will have a dog,

but I kinda feel like I have one right now,

just a wee bit,

because I now have a name picked out.

I like being prepared.

Now I can call for Robert/Finian,

and if no dog appears I can pretend he is asleep.

That's right, asleep.

Because he would come to me when I called.

That's just how Robert/Finian is.

We understand each other.

Good dog.


This poem is based on a Facebook post I made 11 years ago.

I still don't have a dog. The photo I used does, I believe, portray how delighted Finian would be to come to me when I call him.

If I had a dog. A dog that was an Irish Setter.

But I'd probably get a Golden Retriever.


I do have more poems, though, and you can find them here.


Please leave a comment. Any comment. Could be about poems, dogs, psychosis, places to see in Portland OR, how to fall back asleep at 3 AM, favorite cheeses.

Thank you!


About the Creator

Judey Kalchik

It's my time to find and use my voice.

Poetry, short stories, memories, and a lot of things I think and wish I'd known a long time ago.

You can also find me on Medium

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  • ThatWriterWoman5 days ago

    I love this! I adore how you gave the dog an understanding of yourself! Brilliant!

  • Dogs are the best! Nice poem, Judey!

  • I love my dog, although she drives me bonkers most of the time. She has made my life quite a bit more interesting, lol.

  • Cathy holmes13 days ago

    Lol. That wad fun. I think you should get a dog and call him Old Cheddar after my favourite cheese. Hang on. Would that be psychotic?

  • Lol 😆 you had me at Robert🐕‍🦺

  • Berry Driven13 days ago

    My favorite cheese is provolone mixed with gouda. As you think there for you are so you have your dog.

  • Jay Kantor13 days ago

    j ~ (3) Syllable Dog names to get their attention may be too late to get them out to do their business; just sayin' - Fun - j

  • Rachel Deeming13 days ago

    Made me laugh. It's all in the planning!

  • This was a great fun read, thank you for sharing your canine creation with us

  • Finian is a great name for an Irish Setter. And now that you have a name....

  • Mariann Carroll13 days ago

    We know what kind of dog you will get, lol. This was such a cute poem . I had a stubborn dog just like a cat so he had to go to dog school 😂😍

  • Great poem!

  • And here I am trying to avoid adopting a dog I've been the caretaker for for 3 years (she's had 3 different owners). Currently she's with me for 2 weeks while the current owner is waiting for their new place. Everyone just keeps saying, "You know that's your dog right?" or "Here comes Duchess' real mommy"...meaning me. SMH. I prefer cats and smaller animals like rodents, birds and fish. Lovely poem that let's me know you're in the market for a dog!

  • Paul Stewart13 days ago

    Aw this is adorable, Judey and I don't say that lightly! Splendid and I love the free and easy imaginative style of this - allowing your thoughts and dreams to ponder! Well done, Judey! My oldest is called Robert. So yeah, great name choice! Finian is nice too!

  • J. S. Wade13 days ago

    Love the name Finian. Do you set out for him? He might come if you do. 😎

  • My heart is bursting at the cuteness of this. Why did we all get told make believe is only for young kids?!?! I was thinking about this today.. we need to give ourselves permission to indulge our child imagination…. Because we were never lonely or sad when we had that!! 🙈

  • Mother Combs13 days ago

    I have 5. way too many. I'll share them with you.

  • Rene Peters13 days ago

    Dogs are a requirement for happiness! (Not really, but they do help.)

  • Matthew Fromm13 days ago

    as someone with a dog named Robert, I strongly recommend getting a dog named Robert.

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