The Boss

Oh dear Fuji-san – Fuji-sensei

Dark, brooding mistress of all you survey

Regal in bloodline, of that you are sure

Graceful in body and delicate of paw

We jump and dance to each nuanced bark

Pavlov would be proud, for you it’s a lark

You have your routines, for walks and to eat

Watch your humans sit down – Woof! – we jump to our feet

to pour out your water and open the door

You know what you want, sometimes we’re not sure

You’re not so demanding, we just need to know

Your presence is a gift that you kindly bestow

One inscrutable look and we soon understand

You’re the top dog, the queen, you rule this fair land

Most dear Fuji-san, honoured Fuji-sensei

You are the true mistress of all you survey!



This is an ode to the majestic lady who takes centre stage above. I have recently been allowed to take up residence in her home, feed and water her and generally fulfil her needs. She is a bit of a charmer and I’m not sure I would like to know what she thinks of me! Fuji (named for the photographic film brand, not the mountain!) is a venerable Newfoundland, a true grande dame!

I will link up to the dVerse Open Link Night later today. Please do visit to enjoy some very fine poetry indeed – and be inspired… Join us!

33 thoughts on “The Boss

  1. What a beautiful dog! Thank you for telling us where she got her name from. I like to know the story behind human beings’ and pets’ names. The reference made me smile.
    She does seem to be quiet and reflective. Often times we do wonder what pets think of us, don’t we?

  2. oh now look at her… those eyes…smiles… i just love the name – and if i ever get my dog i will name him Fuji-san … smiles.. she’s a lovely lady and who would not want to feed her and take her out for walks…smiles

  3. Oh yes, we do jump and dance to each nuanced bark. How well I know, having THREE dogs who tell me what to do. Smiles. I like your mention of Pavlov and often wonder just WHO is training who. I enjoyed this poem, Freya.

    1. Thank you, Mary! I’ve never lived with a dog before, so this is all a new experience for me, which I am loving! Of course, I have seen the dogs on your blog – they look great fun 🙂 I hope they think you are well-trained… 🙂

  4. haha of course she is….my cat owns our house…and def has routines we must keep to support him…those eyes though, i could never believe there was a malicious bone in there…..smiles….beautiful pups…

  5. I love Newfoundlands, I mind dogs in my home part time and have had them before, look at her eyes, that expression is mum more photos. Loved this piece Freya and anyone who writes on animals or dogs in particular wins me every time! 🙂

    1. Yes, I think she was definitely tolerating me taking that quick snap! Where I used to live, there used to be a number of dog owners who employed the same dog walker to walk and entertain their dogs during the day. I would feel really bad if I owned a dog and was consistently out of the house for work 5 days a week. Much as I would love to own a dog, I can’t do that right now, or for the foreseeable future, so this arrangement is just lovely 🙂

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