Lucy’s Guardian Angel

5 Mar

There is a rumor in the basset hound world that every basset has a heart-shaped spot somewhere on their body. Basset slaves proudly post pictures of these hearts on the Daily Drool Facebook page and get lots of reactions.

I set out one day to find Lucy’s heart. For those of you who haven’t met her yet, this is Lucy:


She is now 10 and I have had her for 7 years. In fact, we just celebrated her 7th Gotcha Day on January 16th. (A Gotcha Day, in case you didn’t know, is the day a rescue dog is adopted.)

In any case, I set out to find her heart, but was having no luck. I was feeling rather glum and took a seat on the sofa to contemplate the deeper meaning of her lack of a heart-shaped spot, when I saw it. it wasn’t a heart. It was something even better.


Lucy had an angel!

Billy Collins wrote a poem entitled “Questions About Angels“. Here is a poem, inspired by that poem, about Lucy’s angel

Lucy’s Angel (with apologies to Billy Colllins) 

Of all the questions you might want to ask
an angel, the only one you ever hear
a basset ask is about his furever home.
Like babies, dogs see angels
and know better than to rush in
where angels fear to tread.
God might have made man
a little lower than the angels
but Lucy’s angel hovers at her side.
Human metaphysics might question
the existence of angels, and philosophers
debate how many dance on the head of a pin,
But Lucy knows her angel is with her
both now and forever,
and to the ages of ages. Arooo!

7 Responses to “Lucy’s Guardian Angel”

  1. elsie March 5, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    What an awesome discovery! I love that Lucy found her furever home.

  2. terierrol March 5, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Love your poem and Lucy’s angel. Dogs/pets are such a precious part of our lives. Here’s to more years with Lucy. I love the phrase “Basset slave”.

  3. arjeha March 5, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Lucy is so lucky in many aspects. She has a loving furever home and a guardian angel. Life couldn’t be better.

  4. Laurie Pandorf March 5, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Here’s the irony… as a fellow dog lover, I had to read your post. We love black labs. Our dear Angel (her actual name), left us in October of 2012. In July of 2013, we got our latest black lab, Lucy! Your poem is perfect, especially the words “Like babies, dogs see angels
    and know better than to rush in where angels fear to tread.” It brings to mind Cynthia Rylant’s Dog Heaven. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lisa C March 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    I love your poem! And your devotion to Lucy. She seems like a great dog. And I love Billy Collins, but hadn’t read this poem. 🙂

  6. aggiekesler March 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    The love for your Lucy shines through! Such a sweet discovery and poem. 🙂

  7. blkdrama March 6, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    What a lovely Slice :). I love dogs but only as a friend. I do love dog owners and yes, your Lucy and I have something in common. My secret middle name is Lucille.

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