My New Pet

I asked Mum for a puppy dog.
I thought she said, ‘OK’.
So all last week I dreamed of him
and all the games we’d play.

I dreamed of playing ball with him
and playing fetch with sticks.
I dreamed he’d walk to school with me
and show my friends his tricks.

I’m sure that you can understand
why I was so upset-
instead of my new dog, I got
a turtle for a pet!

He sat in his aquarium
and slowly blinked at me.
He barely swam around at all.
How boring could he be?

I took him out and threw a ball.
He hid inside his shell.
I gently rolled the ball to him
but that scared him as well.

And when I tried to make him fetch
the stick I found outside,
he wandered off the other way.
I very nearly cried.

I ran inside and got the leash
to walk him down the street.
The collar slipped right down his neck,
then off his shell and feet.

But suddenly he scrambled up
and raced across the ground!
He headed straight for our screen door.
I watched without a sound.

That’s when I knew my pet was great.
Can you guess what I saw?
My turtle that was not a dog
crawled through the doggy door!


46 thoughts on “My New Pet

  1. Hi Kristin,
    I really liked this poem because it was sad at the middle and happy at the end. I always wanted a elephant and I collect money to get one, but I don’t know if my mum was joking. any-way do you like dogs or turtle’s or do you like both? I like dog’s compared to turtle’s because dog’s are way faster than turtle’s.
    kind regards Tirath.

    • Hi Tirath,

      Thank you for your lovely long comment. I’m glad you like my poem. I much prefer turtles to dogs, but that’s because dogs make me sneeze. I have four pet turtles, and one of them really did crawl through the doggy door!


  2. I enjoyed this poem as it reminded me of my pet rabbit. He is eight months old and he is black. I dreamed of having a pet rabbit to cuddle and play with but he does not like to be picked up but loves to play. I liked the bit when the person said about playing ball and playing fetch with a turtle .

    • Hi Lily,

      Your rabbit sounds cute. I wrote this poem after our turtle really did crawl through the doggy door (the other bits I made up!)


      • Hi Kristin

        Wow. Your turtle really crawled through the doggy door. My rabbit has escaped twice this week and mum had to chase him round the garden to catch him. My mum wasn’t impressed.

        Love Lily

        • Hi Lily,

          I’m glad your mum managed to catch your rabbit. Our neighbour’s rabbit used to escape and come to our house and dig holes in our front garden!


  3. Hi Kristin,
    my new pet is a white rabbit named Bonnie she is white and fluffy but she nips me on the toes if I scare her

    • Hi Lailah,

      Thanks! I used to take my turtle outside to walk around the backyard (I didn’t use a leash, though), and one day he crawled through our doggy door!


  4. Hi Kristin
    I found this poem sad at the start because the boy did not appreciate his pet that he got but at the end he found out it can be fun in different ways.

  5. It was sad at the begining coz the boy was upset but at the end he is happy what he got. It reminds me my mother telling be happy with what you got coz many children dont have what i have. This boy also try to find something he like in turtle and he did. so happy.

  6. Hi Kristin
    I liked this poem because it reminds me of a turtle I saw at the pet shop. we liked the turtles we called them the ninja turtles.
    from Lysha

    • Hi Kristin
      I really like this poem. It taught me to be grateful for what I have and it paints a nice picture in my head. Is it based on a true event? If so, what actually happened?


    • Hi Samantha,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Part of this poem is true- my turtle really did crawl through the doggy door. The rest of the poem is made up.


  7. It is very nice and funny! When I read it, it made me feel like laughing at the end. I really like the very last bit where it said “My turtle that was not a dog crawled through the doggy door,” it is very funny and ironical.

    • Thank you Thisali,

      You are right, it is ironical. Though it is also the only part of the poem that is true- my turtle crawled through our doggy door! That is what inspired me to write the poem.


    • Thanks Tharinsa,

      I like that line too.
      The poem is made up, except for the part about the turtle going through the doggy door. My turtle really did that!


  8. Thanks for sharing great rhythm and ending. I enjoyed the More Funny Poems for Kids Workshop at Gawler Poetry at the Prince Albert Pub.

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