For several years, many British dog lovers have had yellow stickers in the back windows of their cars that read "A Dog is For Life... Not Just For Christmas". It is a slogan that has the appearance of a wise aphorism even though I have never met anybody who ever gave or received a dog at Christmastime. I guess the sticker is urging dog owners to display a lasting sense of responsibility towards their yelping pooches which is fair enough but why bring Christmas into the equation?
The wording has rattled around in my head for quite a while even though I have never owned a dog or have ever felt a desire to get one. Finally, I could not stop myself from playing around with the format of that car sticker slogan to produce a poetic, sometimes amusing and slightly provocative response to it. Here we go:-
A dog is for life... not just for Christmas
A turkey is for Christmas... not for life
A cat is for stroking... not just for chasing mice
A bird is for whistling... not just for shooting down
A hand is for shaking... not just for wiping
A bedroom is for dreaming... not just for sleep
A heart is for pumping blood... not just for love
A queen is for waving... not just for postage stamps
A planet is for preserving... not just for exploitation
A life is for living... not just for bitterness and pain
A kennel is for dogs to shelter from the rain
A dog is for walking... not just for burying bones
A Christmas is for turkey and coloured lights in homes.
Could you suggest any extra lines to add to my odd car sticker poem?