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Sand, dirt, and gravel.....
by Karen Palumbo
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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            Sand, dirt, and gravel.....

Trees budding delicate tiny white flowers,
temperature rising for plenty of warm air.
Better wake up, get dressed, get going,
a beautiful day, with friends to share.

Climb into the car and of course buckle up,
passing all the horses, goats, ducks, and cows.
Half hour ride down sand, dirt, and gravel,
today is the day for pretty ribbons and bows.

Having lots of trouble trying to sit still,
wondering how much longer before we arrive.
Special perfume made with Lilacs and Jasmine,
picked from the field where they grow and thrive.

A well-done manicure with a coat of polish,
anticipating nails cut, buffed, and shined.
Rare opportunity to relax and bathe,
oh, but alas, everything is always timed.

Bubbles of color to distract and excite,
friendly happy people stand at the side.
Slippery bath oils with a hint of fragrance,
all this attention taken in stride.

Clippers and scissors sharpened and ready,
a snip to the eyebrows and cream for the ears.
Careful on the legs, still have little tiny knots,
curly hair bunches, sometimes promoting tears.

Finally, one last dip in the color of bubbles,
wrapped in a towel, waiting for the brush.
Moving faster, other customers are waiting,
guess time must be up, everyone in a rush.

Need some help putting my spring dress on,
sitting still and proper for the last minute prissy.
Saying good-bye to all the wonderful friends,
now it is time to give dad and mom a big kissy.

Stubby tails waving like a flags in the wind,
panting so hard our hanging tongues are dry.
A day at the Pet Spa is always such fun,
now can we go play with our favorite mud pie.


Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
4/7/2011 © All rights reserved 




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Reviewed by Alex Bivins 9/22/2011
Very nicely written, great imagery and a nice flow, amazing visuals and good use of language. All around a very nice piece of work.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/27/2011
Thank you for sharing this delightful write, Karen. Your animal friends are fortunate to have you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 5/27/2011
This poem is so cute Karen! I have a cat and she gets a spa day every six months. The lion cut and bows and nails painted. She stares at herself in the mirror and prances around like a princess. Love the doggy jackets! Take care, and god bless! chessly
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 5/22/2011
LOL! Loved the last line, so typical of pets and kids. Thanks for the primping mommy now let me make mud pies since the flash bulbs have stopped, lol! Pure energy and fun in this and I am so glad to back to read all my old friends and hopefully many new ones!
Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/19/2011
Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 5/13/2011
I liked how easy it was to follow your words. Good job. :-)

Reviewed by Andy Turner 4/24/2011
Very clever. Phew, I was concerned about the hairy bits, a delightful, fun write. Our Labby would run out and roll in fox mess after a bath.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 4/13/2011
Adorable, Karen. Mine goes in for her cut this weekend:)
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/13/2011
Ain't that the truth. Our critters know exactly where the freshest dirt piles are ESPECIALLY after coming home from the groomer. Little brats. Patrick
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 4/12/2011
I always wonder what goes through their minds whenever we put them through some ritual like a day at the spa or salon when all they want to do is please us and then go outside and romp. Excellent write.
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 4/12/2011

Now i suspect if I took our two cats to the pet spa, they wouldn't find the experience anywghere near as positive-nor would I......

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/12/2011
You took me on their spa experience and it was a delightful journey Karen. My grand children's, two friends, Lily and Molly would like a day at the spa also. You brought me the warmth of Spring and the love for your pets to enjoy. I am very appreciative of your generous gift of sharing. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/11/2011
...Until one has loved an animal...
part of their soul remains unawakened.

So delightful is your story,
Karen...I smiled all the way!
Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/11/2011
I'm saving this kind of treatment for me when I get my kids wed, I reckon, Karen! Adorable journalling... my perfectly snow white retriever shines in the sun when just brushed daily... but then loves nothing better than a good roll in the field manure of whatever kind she can find! Country life is good that way! Keep that washing machine on! :)) xx
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/11/2011
What an adorable story, seems like they are just drawn to dirt when they are freshly groomed.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/10/2011
Someone's having fun here, Karen,
in this delightful poem,
the world waking again, warm and positive.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 4/9/2011
An enjoyable moment, and it's funny how you tried to guess their perception of the experience. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/8/2011
They are so lucky...a day at the spa! (it's the purifying mud that really cleans..:-).....)~ Morgan
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 4/8/2011
The sand, dirt, and gravel, sounds like a dog is on there way. When you visit the local pet shop it always takes up all of our time.
God Bless You, and Robert.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/8/2011
My little Toby goes through this every 2 months and you describe it so perfectly in exquisite poetic form
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 4/8/2011
adorable, glad they are so delighted with their "spa" day.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/8/2011
Oh my...very cute indeed sweet lady...stay safe and well..Hugsss
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/8/2011
Love this, Karen :)
Guess where my doggie went yesterday?
Reviewed by Michael Jones 4/8/2011
I love it Karen keep blessing us with your greatness! Peace!!!
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/8/2011
A Charming and Cute write Laura
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/8/2011
Cute Karen, and now they will be ready for their overnight stay with their friends while you and Bob head to the race tomorrow night. Scratch behind their little ears for me.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/8/2011
We should all get pampered like this...Such cute and lovely poetry. Good to read you again.
Have missed you.

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Richard King 4/8/2011
Nice Karen. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will love this one. Job well done.

Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/8/2011
Beautifully done, Karen. Although I don't take mine to a pet spa, I still do what I can to entertain the little terror. Cute poem, well executed.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/8/2011
Great write, Karen. Sounds like fun.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/8/2011
LOL T his is absolutely adorable, both in image and in verse! Very well penned, Karen, and Robert, the photo is precious!

(((HUGS))), much love, and continuing prayers,

As always, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 4/8/2011 beautiful, pets day out...and a pleasure to all... :) neerja
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 4/8/2011
A day at the pet Spa!
What a dog's life!!

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