First Words (With Pearl!)

First Words


Well, PEARL real first word:  PEARL, PEARLIE, PEARL CUTIE PIE—me.

So, PEARL, CHEESE both real first words.  And with PEARL, CHEESE, all
fall within paw!

“Pearl–you want to PLAYBALL?”

PLAYBALL not CHEESE, but go in mouth and run run run sniff good.

“Hey Pearl – let’s go OUTSIDE.”

OUTSIDE not CHEESE, but wood-stuff, grass-stuff, PEARL NOT ON MOM’s–rrrrrun run run run!

DOGFOOD not CHEESE.  Yech! (They sure wouldn’t eat it!)

Sniff wait sniff wait sniff wait wait wait.

“Mom, we can’t let her starve.”


I am posting the above for dVerse Poets Pub Poetics prompt by Fred Rutherford re a first person narrative (though perhaps not exactly   first PERSON.)  The above is a very old video of my (now very old) dog Pearl and one of my beautiful daughters.  
And below is a re-posting of a crude animation I did on an iPad.  Dogs and cheese are one of my archetypical topics. (As always, all rights reserved!) 
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32 Comments on “First Words (With Pearl!)”

  1. Grace Says:

    What a cutie pie Pearl is (and also your lovely daughter in the video) ~ This was so fun to read K ~

  2. Mary Says:

    I enjoyed this, Karin. Beautiful daughter and beautiful Pearl. Fun to see your iPad animation too. What program do you use?

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Animation Creation I think it’s called. I really liked doing them for a while, but they do take a fair amount of time, even with the program. This was my first real one. (It’s a very good app – you can repeat frames and it saves the “ghost” of each drawing as well so that you can use it, or you can duplicate the frame and then erase what you don’t want to use.) You can hear I did the sound effects! k.

  3. brian miller Says:

    haha how cute…love the vid…and great to see your daughter again as well…and the verse was cute and funny itself….nice k….

  4. Laurie Kolp Says:

    Precious! Reminds me of a dog I once had named Buffy. Your daughter’s a doll. Thanks for this!

  5. Aww what a cutie, unfortunately the video wouldn’t work for me but I love your poem… 🙂

  6. I love this post, k! The verse is priceless, and I totally understand it. My dog loved cheese!

  7. so lovely…fun verse and enjoyed the vid a lot with your daughter and pearl…so cool to see them again..

  8. I’m a sucker for a good pet video. Love the flapping of the dogs paws. Very cute. Fun piece Karin, really nicely done. Thanks

  9. Sabio Lantz Says:

    Who was the first person? The dog? You? Your daughter?
    Whose ‘first words”
    Cute, but I am lost

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      The first person is the dog. It just happened that had a video of my daughter with the dog, although the person talking to the dog is a child. I just used the video because it showed the:dog begging.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Hi Sabio – I put the human dialogue in italics to distinguish it beyond the quotes. That makes it a teeny bit clearer. Also people that know my blog probably know that Pearl is a dog because I’ve posted about her before. k.

      • Sabio Lantz Says:

        I understood that the italics were people. But if the first person is the dog, why is she using phrases like:
        “Well, PEARL real first word:”
        “So, PEARL, CHEESE both real first words.”

        Were they suppose to be her first words of the owner’s first words.
        See my confusion?
        [again, maybe everyone else gets it]

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        They are her first understood words. In fact, the idea is taken from the manuscript of a children’s novel I’ve written about a dog learning to talk. I tried to make a short piece out of one scene and maybe made too short–

        But, aside from that, it plays on the sense that dogs understand certain words. I don’t know if they do, but they certainly seem to know their names, and they learn commands – sit, roll over. And some dogs seem to learn words like “ball” enough that the humans spell the words out. In this case, the word that the dog learns is cheese. My dog really really liked cheese. k.

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        PS – by her, I mean the dog’s first words. It was actually written originally with a male dog, but I thought of using a picture of Pearl so changed to a female. For purposes of this piece though, I don’t think gender matters. It would probably have been easier if I had used a video of Pearl without my daughter. k.

      • Sabio Lantz Says:

        I’ve got three dogs (and had several prior). It is interesting that they all handle language differently. Some apparently brighter than others (or perhaps the others are more stubborn). My eldest, 17 yo mix corgy-shephard, is on his last leg but still wags his tail. He is totally deaf! Fortunately, I trained him with both hand signs with verbal commands. I have to tap him with my finger to get his attention, then I give the signal for “follow”, “stay”, “no”, “outside”, “off” and a few others. Friends are pretty amazed watching me “talk” to a deaf dog.

        So I get the talking dog thing totally. I’m not sure you remember, I had a few poems about my dogs — one where he is feeling sorry for us human’s limited sense of smell and vision.

        Enjoy your Sunday!

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        Yes, I knew you had dogs. That is quite amazing that you can communicate with the deaf one like that. Thanks. k .

  10. David King Says:

    Well, you mastered the prompt brilliantly. I am more than impressed.

  11. cloudfactor5 Says:

    I see Pearl is stealing the show again !

  12. I love this … but where was the elephant? I looked so hard, but couldn’t see him … Doesn’t Pearl like the elephant? 😉

    You’re so talented, k.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha. Thanks so much, Polly. You know I thought of putting in a picture of Pearl with the elephant, but I thought that might be confusing. Thanks much. Hope you are well. K.

  13. She is just so adorable.( I would ooooh and goo more, but I’ve got a capacity for babytalking canines that would probably disgust the more intellectual amongst us.) This is very good stream of doggie consciousness. Especially the sniffing.

  14. I love Pearl. My two dogs are beside me, begging for one of my pita chips right now, which they won’t get. Fun, Karin.

  15. sweet sweet sweeeeeet!

  16. Tony Says:

    The things they say – and the thigs we hear! Fun write 😉

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