Teddy the Terrible
I'm big and bad and rough and mean,
Toughest two pounds you've ever seen.
But my heart's loyal, brave, and true;
And my job's protecting you,
So if a villain were to creep
Into your room at night,
I'd rip out both his ankle-bones
And make him howl in fright.
So any bad guy best beware,
And not let my looks mislead him;
My spirit's bigger than my size—
Just ask the cat . . . I treed him.
Faith Goble, 2010
Actually, Teddy (my son's "baby") is very sweet and loves almost everyone, but he does look as if he's on guard in this shot. And he has never even chased the cat, who weighs almost five times as much as he does. Teddy does have a big boy's heart, however, and tries to play with the big dogs (Roxy weighs sixty pounds or more to Teddy's adult weight of two pounds, five ounces) whenever he comes to visit. The only problem I have with Teddy is that he's so happy when he sees me that he wants to lick my face until it hurts—and he stays so close that I'm afraid of stepping on him. Teddy knows I'm an absolute fool where dogs are concerned!