Shaggy Dog

by Stephanie Calmenson

Give a Dog a Bone: Stories Poems Jokes and Riddles About DogsI have a shaggy dog named Rose.
She has hair that grows and grows,
And grows and grows.
Past her eyes, past her nose,
It goes way down to her toes.
Can she see? I don’t suppose —
Unless, of course, a big wind blows!






Copyright © 1999 Stephanie CalmensonFrom the book Give a Dog a Bone. Scholastic. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About This Poem

My dog Rosie, the star of Rosie, A Visiting Dog’s Story was the inspiration for this poem.  Her shagginess brought lots of smiles and always got people talking.

About The Author

Children's Author Stephanie CalmensonStephanie Calmenson, former early childhood teacher and children’s book editor is the highly acclaimed author of over 100 books for children. Her poetry has been called “marvelous” (Publisher’s Weekly), “lyrical” (School Library Journal), “a rainbow of sound” and “joyously exuberant” (Kirkus). Current favorite books written in rhyme include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Late for School!; and Oopsy, Teacher! Her beloved books about dogs include the ALA video award-winning May I Pet Your Dog? and Rosie: a Visiting Dog’s Story.

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