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CHECKERS AND HAPPY
By Carol C. Schwartz

Chapter 1 - The Couple

There once were two bobtails, the best of friends,
Sharing since they met many years ago,
Under the bridge in one of Japan's national parks,
Where now they still live without any dough.

Checkers always had a duty to protect his girl, Happy,
A dog one day wanted to play a dangerous game,
Biting at Happy's leg led Checkers to fighting and,
Scratching and seeing that she would never become lame.

Happy loved Checkers and he was forever her hero,
Trying to always please him was what she loved to do,
And one of her favorite things she did was purr,
You see she never ever wanted him to feel blue.

Nearing lunchtime, Happy and Checkers became hungry,
So together they traveled down to the stream to fish,
Happy sat on the bank, watching with an empty belly,
Where upon Checkers caught a trout, quite a tasty dish.

Now, frolicking about, going into the nearby woods,
They stopped and listened as the birds broke into song,
Enjoying the music and having a great time both,
Decided to visit friends, so they went along.

Happy said, "Look, look! There is Cotton and Jay-Bob"
Laughing and having a good time, they were atop a tree,
Climbing up the tree, to talk and exchange meows,
Deciding to go home before the rain, then they did flee.
 

Chapter 2 - Lunch In The Meadow

There once were two bobtails, the best of friends,
Sharing since they met many years ago,
Under the bridge in one of Japan's national parks,
Where now they still live without any dough.

Checkers and Happy are known as Japan's street cats,
With many friends living about them, they were proud,
Pleased, they depended on no one for their being,
But to one another their word of honor vowed.

Off to the meadow they went with a dash,
To visit with Cotton and Jay-Bob's kittens,
The babies were doing fine and growing,
They were cute and all had pretty white mittens.

On the way home, they stopped to talk to the deer,
Actually they were looking for lunch, some mice to eat,
Looking down, Checkers had his paw on a vermin's tale,
Licking her chops, Happy said the meat was good and sweet.

They heard the butterflies flittering about,
As they were walking arm and arm toward home,
The butterflies told them to hurry, as the old bull is lurking,
And, of course, now was not the time to roam.

They were happy when they came upon Mr. Serow,
The serow, related closely to the goat and the deer,
A newly added comrade, they exchanged the time of day,
Checkers and Happy had a friend and without any fear.


Chapter 3 - Walking the Trail

There once were two bobtails the best of friends,
Sharing since they met many years ago,
Under the bridge in one of Japan's national parks,
Where now they still live without any dough.

Having a wonderful life and the smell of the outdoors,
With their love for each other, they were rarely afraid,
Always together and forever concerned for one another,
Thinking of their good luck, oft times in the shade they prayed.

Traveling the path on their walk this afternoon,
Frolicking through the wildflowers smelling so sweet,
Seeing the claw marks made by the brown bears,
Togetherness for the two of them was a great treat.

Now surrounded by beautiful trees along their trail,
The macaque monkey troop playing with their brood,
Scrambling around sunning and foraging,
Having large cheek pouches now full of stored food.

Now, skipping down the trail near the water,
They looked across and saw the cranes in the lake,
Happy and Checkers were beginning to get hungry,
And decided to go home and eat the steak.

Running into some rabbits grazing on leafy weeds,
Now, they were strolling along at a faster pace,
But, had some pleasant words with their friends,
Finally home, steak in front of them, saying grace.
 

Chapter 4 - The Pregnancy

There once were two bobtails, the best of friends,
Sharing since they met many years ago,
Under the bridge in one of Japan's national parks,
Where now they still live without any dough.

It was round about spring when Happy announced,
She was pregnant and they need to prepare for kittens,
Well, Checkers was now so proud of his Happy,
Being concerned, but now more than ever was smitten.

On the way through the park to visit Kotton and Jay-bob,
Checkers was worried because Happy became ill,
They decided to return to their home under the bridge,
Wanting to ensure Happy would not catch a chill.

Trying to help Happy build up a strong and healthy body,
Was something Checkers was working on, and he was able,
To keep her in shape by taking long walks each day,
Also, helping her eat properly thus becoming stable.

Things were going slow for Happy nearing the delivery,
Checkers gave her solace, comfort and put her at ease,
Daily he was with her, petted and held her close,
In the park relaxing where the trees blew a cool breeze.

Happy went into labor and gave birth to three kittens,
Checkers had a much larger job, that was to provide,
Food, and a new shelter is what they needed,
Doing all this for his family gave him great pride.


Chapter 5 - The Family Home

There once were two bobtails, the best of friends,
Sharing since they met many years ago,
Under the bridge in one of Japan's national parks,
Where now they still live without any dough.

Jay-Bob arrived bright and early to help Checkers,
Under the bridge they moved the large wooden crate,
And, now the kittens had room to grow and get big,
It was quite a feat, Happy thought it was great.

Thanking Jay-Bob and walking him toward the woods,
Checkers now decided to fish in the nearby stream,
Catching a large bass, he knew Happy would be pleased,
There she was smiling, he could see in her eye a gleam.

Feeling full, now cleaning and tending to her children,
Happy was content, robust, healthy and strong,
Loving her man and kittens made her feel complete,
Cuddling the family, led her into song.

Checkers got to thinking about his own life and,
Teaching his own to forage was going to be a great feat,
Loving his life with Happy under the bridge in the park,
Now adding to the family, well it just seemed so neat.

Playing, pouncing with them and leaping about,
The love of their lives together with kittens made,
Rain or shine every day brought them great delight,

And with their life so full of happiness they prayed.
 

 

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