She greets my baby
recognizes scent  

before nudging
nose into blanket  

captures little sock
between teeth, pulls  

into game lasting
ten years. First  

best friend to my son,
who wins her  

heart when he drops
food from high chair,  

holds on her back
to balance upright,  

pulls her ears,
explores her teeth and gums.  

She never growls—
lies on floor patiently  

waiting for baby.