Introduction:

‘My Furry Friend’ is a short poem. It details on the poet persona’s pet dog whom they call to be their ‘furry friend’. 

About the Poet:

This poem is written by eminent poet Vandana Lunyal.

Theme:

The theme of this poem is love one has for their pet. Here, with a detailed description of their pet dog, the poet persona reveals how much they love their pet.

Structure:

This poem is divided into seven stanzas consisting of four lines each. It follows the rhyme scheme ‘aabb’ in each stanza. 

Stanza 1:

I brought home a puppy 
He looked very happy! 
Soft brown eyes! 
Is very small in size 

The poem begins with the persona bringing home a puppy, making it their pet. The pet, the persona states, had looked very happy. It had soft, brown eyes and being the puppy that it was, was very small.

Stanza 2:

Black and white 
Sleeps day and night 
As small as a rat, 
But has a tummy, so fat! 

The puppy, which is black and white, is not unlike an infant as he grows. HE is very small, almost like a rat and sleeps and eats a lot, making him fat as well!

Stanza 3:

 Always ready to fight 
And happy to bite 
Nibbles like a mouse 
Eats whatever he finds in the house. 

The puppy is quite wild, ready to fight and bite the persona. He is now compared to a mouse that only nibbles the food it finds in the persona’s house, being small that it was.

Stanza 4:

 He makes a funny noise 
When he tears down his toys 
He loves to be part of the fun 
And listens to our conversation. 

He enjoys tearing toys as is his nature. A fun loving puppy, he listens as the persona engages in conversations with other persons attentively. 

Stanza 5:

He comes and sits between us. 
And makes a fuss 
You ask him to go 
He growls loudly to say NO. 

As is the tendency of puppies, the puppy plops itself between the persona and their partner, making a fuss as well. However, when asked to go, he becomes angry and growls out a decisive no!

Stanza 6:

Now fully grown, 
His forehead has a frown 
If you touch his food 
He spoils his mood. 

The puppy is no longer a puppy now, all grown to become a full-fledged dog with a frown on his face. He is now very protective of his food, flying into a foul mood should his food be touched by others. 

Stanza 7:

He loves to eat 
Always hungry for meat 
He is quick on his feet 
When you give him a treat.

As when he was a puppy, he loves to eat even now, his favourite being any type of meat. He is seen to get both excited and happy when given a treat of the same. 

Conclusion:

This is a heartwarming poem. It traces the endearing antics of a dog, how it makes one a perfect pet, a joy to behold.