Dog-Related Haiku Jamboree Challenge 2020

You remember what Haiku is, right? It's that Japanese style of poem writing you were forced to learn in middle school for some unknown and protested reason. The first stanza of the poem has 5 syllables, the second stanza has 7, and the third and last stanza has 5. No more. No less.

We never hand out homework, but we're making an exception for Dog-Related Haiku Challenge 2020. Your mission is to write at least one, but preferably multiple haiku about your dog. Here is the Wikipedia definition of Haiku to help you all out:

We'll be giving out a $25 Gift Certificate to the winner. - You have our word that all conforming entries will be judged by a highly-trained Haiku professional. There's no limit to the number of poems you can submit, so go nuts. Call the neighbors. Get the kids involved. Alert NORAD.

Submissions must be legitimate haiku and they must be family-friendly! Submissions that don't conform will be deleted with malice.

Send all submissions to

SHOWING HAIKU FROM 2019. I'll post new ones when I have enough so it doesn't look really sad.

Stinky and Hungry
Covered in mud and filth
Coal seeks a warm couch

-Don K.
This could be yours
This isn't even haiku
It's just a placeholder

- A.A. Milne
Haiku is very hard
Americans will struggle
Try it at least once

- Poncho Villa
Early most mornings
You jump, bounce, scamper and run
Betty on Battie

- Cathy S.
Snoozing on the couch
Our pup has nary a care
Life is good, right here

- Bevery S.
The mailman is here
You’d think the world is ending
Please! Stop. That. Barking.

- Bevery S.
Who, with sincere eyes
Can warm my heart so sweetly?
No one but my dog

- Beverly S.
Snow falls silently
Inside it is warm and dark
They wait for first light

- Max G.
Even when I goof
You wag your tail with delight
I feel so special.

- Beverly S.
a free vaccine day
my daughter baths her toy dogs
thrice with all the care

- Justice Joseph P.
We don't have a dog
We do have a dog-like cat
Year of the Dog? MEOW!

- Yuji S.
You have muddy paws
Somehow they don’t offend me
Dirt is not painful

- Beverly S.
Some hurricane news
my neighbor's dog comes home
with my daughter's shoe

- Pamela K.
When you smelled that vole
It skittered through the white snow
Leaving you baffled.

- Beverly S.
Mia eats the toys
She feels no sense of bad dog
Toy car, Rest In Peace

- Caissie N.
Few things are better
Than your snout across my foot
As I fall asleep

- Beverly S.
They will steal your heart
Like a thief in the nighttime
Leave you there crying

- Flo R.
the long night vigil
waiting his master's footsteps
a poodle statue

- Justice Joseph P.
Phoebe loves us so
We love this sweet labrador
Shiny, coal-toned, love

- Becky A.
Get a puppy, yes
Get some rest or sleep, not now
Training, socializing, pup.

- Becky A.
Sweet dogs have we loved
Cried for their loss long after
New ones come along.

- Becky A.
Husky, Boxer pup
Rascal was a fuzzy love
Lost too soon to time

- Becky A.
the "Year of the Dog"?
we have been celebrating
each day of her life

- Rachel M. F.
snow booties and coats
provoke humiliation
then, snow! all is well.

- Rachel M. F.
each Valentine's Day
brings love and joy to our pup --
steaks for dinner!

- Rachel M. F.
fluffy golden mutt
seeks carnivorous food source
belly rubs required

- Rachel M. F.
Snow falls silently
Outside it is dark and cold
They wait for first light

Dreaming of a walk
jumping up into the car
Daily outdoor hike

- Trina Ragan
View out my window
People walking all about
with treats in their hands

- Trina Ragan
He loves all things round
with dogged enthusiasm:
frisbees, balls, and me.

- Virginia R.
Wet cold paws on knee
Warm wet tongue on cold pink cheeks
Best dog kiss in life

- Vicki H.
On best behavior
So treats will be plentiful
Love life in Boothbay

- Trina Ragan
Sleet, Gale and Ocean
Stinging everything exposed
On the beach they swim

- Rudolph F.
Two Dogs is the Place
Where I get free eatables
Boothbay Harbor rocks

- Trina Ragan
I can't say The Word
until it's play time

- Virginia R.
Colors bad for show
Breeders dumped him at six weeks
Their loss. Best dog ever.

- Lynne B.
Fur on the sofa?
Chew toys scattered all around?
You're my kind of friend!

- Virginia R.
Penny: a Haiku Sequence.

- Elizabeth W.
Penny, I say, come.
She looks off after something,
A smell that’s moving.

-Elizabeth W.
Penny, I say, sit.
She runs into the bushes
Where something’s hiding.

- Elizabeth W.
Penny, I say, come.
She’s heading this direction
To almost come.

- Elizabeth W.
Penny, I say, sit.
So ten feet away she sits.
Daring me to come.

- Elizabeth W.
Penny, I say, stay.
She makes a show of yawning:
Such a boring game.

- Elizabeth W.
Cookie time, I think.
Penny reads my mind and comes,
Sits, stays and downs.

- Elizabeth W.
Her spirit echoes
Now a sparkle in the night
Twinkie crosses bridge

- Mary B.
Bean, Bean, oh please Bean
Don't roll in that poo again
Please Bean, that smells bad.

- Hannah S.K.
winter turns to spring,
the little dog needs to pee,
she scratches the door.

- Lisa D.L
Bulldogs are Pure Love
Clowns and Guardians all
Damn, I'm bankrupt now

- Guy C.
Her spirit echoes
Now a sparkle in the night
Twinkie crosses bridge

- Mary B.
Who farted? P.U.
Dog get outside, go poo-poo
Hear Hubby snicker

- Amy G.
Squirrel up in tree
please come down and visit me
I no bite...maybe

- Amy G.
Old man walks old dog
shuffled steps of memories
Old dog walks old man

- Amy G.
Eyes wide, muscles tense.
Ball thrown, run, return and drop.
Must throw ball again.

- Leslie S.
Maine mud, wind and snow.
In all weather our dogs go.
Circle Circle done!

- Leslie S.
Shelter dog wants home.
Car drives by, are you the one?
Dog sighs as car leaves.

- Leslie S.
Play romp run bark wag.
Joyous fun in the sunshine.
Just as much in rain.

- Leslie S.
Two dry dogs will swim.
In the briney sea they go.
Now two salty dogs.

- Leslie S.
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