One Deep Breath – Mud/Dirt/Earth

If there’s one thing I have plenty of around my backyard at this time of year, it’s mud. Of course, my two fluffy little white dogs always seem to find it. Magic in particular, will roar off the back porch on the trail of a squirrel or a rabbit, tearing circles around the trunk of the old red maple tree and sending huge divots of black mud flying in all directions.

in hot pursuit
four paws scatter
moist earth to the wind

Molly is a little more delicate, mostly because she abhors getting her feet washed. She tiptoes carefully across yard, trying to hop over the muddier areas around the trees.

preferring to stay clean
this tiny pooch
eschews damp ground

Nevertheless, spring time means keeping lots of old towels by the back door, since there’s just no way to avoid the mud covered footprints :~)

why bother cleaning
during springtime’s big thaw~
“shih-tzu” always happens!


17 thoughts on “One Deep Breath – Mud/Dirt/Earth

  1. Oh that is such a cute little dog! I love how the personalities of your dogs shine through in your haiku, so few words can say so much…

  2. The first is my favorite also. It takes me back to my growing up years with our dog shooting out the back door to chase squirrels (and never, ever catching them). You description of Molly picking her way across the yard to avoid the muddy areas reminds me of “As Good as it Gets” when Jack Nicholson’s character takes a shine to the dog he’s babysitting and eventually the dog adopts his obsession of avoiding the cracks on the sidewalk.

  3. I can’t stop laughing at that picture! Priceless look!

    These haiku were too cute, especially that last line 🙂

    My Maltese hates that towel by the door.


  4. Becca,
    What a beautiful Spring loaded haibun. It is delightful to read and picture those two enjoying their romp in separate ways. Sort of like us. 😉

  5. Oh, those were so cute! I liked how you wrote different haikus to show the different personalities of your pooches. Having a shih tzu myself, I can say that you are right, “shih tzu happens.”

  6. the haiku are so cleverly written and made me smile but when i scrolled down to the photo, i laughed aloud!

    i think you have a future in greeting card photography, Becca 🙂

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