Lazy Summer

“Laziness is the first step towards efficiency.”  ― Patrick Bennett
“Laziness is the first step towards efficiency.”
― Patrick Bennett (Image:

by Sandi Martinez


I can feel it; the sun dipping lower, sooner

the black velvet of night


and astounds

Crickets squeak, their voices chime

along with the frogs

My fur has thinned,

my waist now fairly slim

but I notice now,

the cold creeps into my bones,

The nights are cooling off

and my human’s want to

jump in their car and drive

What’s the rush, and where and why?

They say the summer is flying by

I don’t know what that means,

but I can stand to ride smooth and slow

The wind blowing through my hair

Soon, the leaves will turn

and they will crunch under my paws

But for now, I will soak up the sun

my humans in tow

Yeah… it’s a lazy summer alright

But hold on tight, fall’s just around the bend

And the earth will soon shed her skin…

Beauty on the Bench

“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.” ~ Maryanne Williamson (

by Sandi Martinez

Saw you all decked out sittin’ there

with your all fixed-up hair

I did a double-take

when I saw it wasn’t fake

Your diamonds sparkled on your neck

and I spotted a few studs on your tags

and I thought ‘man’, no wonder she keeps shakin’

all those tail wags!

Musta cost a fortune, and then I looked away

a bit feelin’ bare

with my long, black, shaggy hair

And just when I was about to walk away,

your sparkling white, shining, fangs caught the sun’s glare

You noticed me, I felt like running, but where?

We were the only two canines on Hosh Posh Square

my human came back, untied me and smiled at you

Now I would have to go and never know your name

oh what a shame,

because those studs are all sparkly and all,

but what I really noticed is how not snotty you are

So when you have a chance, remember my scent

and look in my eyes, because I’m the real thing you know…

Quite frankly I think you were heaven-sent

Look me up when you’re around town

maybe we’ll kick up our heels and?

“Hardy, Har, Har!”

"My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet."
-Edith Wharton (photo:

by Sandi Martinez

“You know, this will go a lot faster if you stop squirming so much,” Toby the German Sheppard wobbled on his two back legs, setting his rump down slowly, and with some visible pain.

“Yeah but what is it, and why do I have to wear it?” Malibu wrinkled her small pink nose, sniffing the straps of the harness.

“You want to go on that walk or not?” Toby asked, wagging his tail at his human-friend.

“But what’s it for?” Malibu insisted.

“Well, do you remember yesterday when you nearly choked to death because you were too busy yanking our human during our walk?” Toby smirked, and shook his head.

“Well, there’s so much to see, and smell, and all those sounds, I just want to know what it’s all about!” Their human scooped Malibu up in her arms; she lovingly rubbed her nose against the soft fur onMalibu’s neck.

“You know, you’re pretty brand new, and cute too, but you have A LOT to learn.” Toby stood up on all four’s, to get a handful of love from their human.  “It’s called a ‘harness’.

“A hardy, har, har, what?” Malibu giggled, “hardness?”

“Oh for heaven’s sake, just stop squirming!” Toby said impatiently.

Once the harness was on, Malibu ran up and down the stairs, sped across the living room floor, and slammed right into Toby.  “Ok, got it, got it on!  The hardness!”

Toby rolled his eyes, “a HARNESS”.

“Ok, it feels tight.  Toby, what’s it for?” Malibu scratched at her neck.

“You’ll see.” He rubbed himself up against their human’s leg; his tail wagged, despite that after the walk, he would be very tired and sore.

Their human held the ends of both leashes snugly, opened the front door, and were nearly knocked through the entryway as Malibu bounded down the steps.  Toby rolled his eyes again.

“Why are you walking so slow?  Aren’t you excited?” Little Malibu walked on air, her eyes dreamy and full of wonder.

“No kid, I used to be once – when I was your age.  Now, it’s all I can do to keep up.” He said; sadness crept into his eyes as he looked lovingly at his human.

“Don’t worry Toby; I’ll walk for the both of us!” she walked side-by-side with him.  He smiled.  He thought what would it hurt to see the world through the eyes of a pup again?  It is spring after all, and there are new smells, the weather is warming up, and his new friend has enough energy for the both of them… what could it hurt to feel again, even the soreness reminded him he’s still alive, and his human still loves him as much as before even with the new pup around.  Toby realized that they would be going on more walks, more often.  He would have to chase Malibu and get into shape again.  No pain, no gain – at least that’s what the humans say!