Here is the Dog. Since time began,
The Dog has been the friend of MAN,
The Dog loves MAN because he shears
His coat and clips his tail and ears.
MAN loves the Dog because he'll stay
And listen to his talk all day,
And wag his tail and show delight
At all his jokes, however trite.
His bark is far worse than his bite,
So people say. They may be right;
Yet if to make a choice I had,
I'd choose his bark, however bad.
Written and illustrated by Oliver Herford (1863 – 1935). Herford was born in England but lived in the US for most of his life.