Can Anyone Help with a Song with the line, “Pretty Little Doggie-woggie, Handsome as a Polly-wolly”?

Dan Hughes wrote:

When I was a child, my grandmother (born in rural Indiana about 1900) sang me a song about a small dog being killed by running under a horse’s hooves. I think she said they sang it in school. Some of the lyrics, as I remember them:

With a bow-wow and a ky-oh, pretty little doggie-woggie, handsome as a polly-wolly
Bow-wow and a ky-oh, don’t abuse the darling little poodle.

Every dog must have its day, and the poodle’s came at last
He got too close to the horse’s heels one day as I went driving past
Yes, he got too close to the horse’s heels, and they kicked him in the head
And we found him in the garden, dead, dead, dead.

Yes, dead.
Kicked in the head by a horse’s heels.
(More follows, including a moral, but I can’t remember this next – final – part.)

There is an initial verse, explaining that the little dog belongs to the girlfriend of the singer, but I can’t remember any of the lyrics to that verse.

Pretty grisly, I know, but I’ve often wondered if I’m the only person still alive who remembers that song.



If anyone can help with the lyrics of this song or if you’d like to share anything you know about it, please comment below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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