We had a surprise tonight when Jan and her friends brought along some “dress up” clothes for us as it was Halloween. Here I am looking very smart in a wizard hat. I think purple suits me. Some of my other doggie mates dressed in orange.
As usual the younger dogs chased each other and rolled over, having “Play Fights” I did my bit yelling at them to keep at it.
Every year in Australia about a million adults, and a hundred thousand young people, live with depression. Allow your friends, colleagues and family to talk about their darkness so that they can see that you care.
My Mum helped me write these poems (or should I say Doggeral?) for humans who might be feeling a bit pressured by the Black Dog.
Poem 1 – Black Dog 1 – by KoKo ShakesPawBlack dog, Black dogYou give me a frightCreeping into my sleep fogDisrupting my calm nightYou yap at my anklesAnd nip at my heelsYou run tightly around meNot caring how I feelI hear your deep growlAnd your too familiar yelpAnd I know that once againI need someone’s help Why do you keep returningCausing me such deep pain?Do you know the sadness you bring
When you suffocate me again?You stop me from beingWho I know I can beYou stop me from enjoyingThe peace and joy that is meBlack dog! Black dog!You ‘re an awful houndI wish for you there wasA ranger and a pound!
Poem 2 – Black Dog 2 – by KoKo ShakesPawMy role as mum’s carerIs to keep her warmWith my happy smile around her She can weather any storm ———————————————————Poem 3 – Black Dog 3 – by KoKo ShakesPawI like dogs nowBut there is oneI wish would go awayBecause he blocks my sunThe big Black Dog plans to stayHe doesn’t care if I’m sadHe makes me feel That I’m going madHe nips at my heartAnd bites at my soulWhen he is aroundI cannot be wholeOh, I wish the big Black DogWould find another home or get lost in the fogAnd leave me alone