The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

My Dog

Listen to Jacqueline read her poem ...
When he’s curled up asleep
He’s a sweet dog, a neat dog,
A cute dog, a mute dog!

When he’s wide awake
He’s a smelly dog, a grubby-belly dog,
A needy dog, a greedy dog!

But always my playful, faithful,
Adorably scraggy, tail-always-waggy,
Best-friend-in-the-world dog.

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. She is passionate about instilling a love of poetry and reading in the children she teaches and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives with her husband and youngest son in a rose-covered cottage near the sea, and when she's not teaching or writing she enjoys gardening, crochet and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time!