Pogie Who Barks A Lot

Carrie Jones
1 min readJun 7, 2024

Pogie: Have you ever noticed that leaning makes people look at you?

Me: People look at you a lot.

Pogie: That’s because I bark a lot when I see them.

Me: Mm-hm.



Pogie: People bark at each other a lot, too.

Me: They do.



Pogie: I’m not sure why.

Me: You know why you bark, honey.

Pogie: Because I’m scared.

Me: Scared of what?

Pogie: That they’ll hurt me.

Me: But you have your people who will love you and who will keep you safe.

Pogie: Sometimes it’s hard to remember that.

Me: I know.



Pogie: The barking isn’t the thing, is it?

Me: Nope. It’s just a clue to what’s going on inside.

Pogie: That I’m scared.

Me: Yep.

Pogie: So a lot of humans are scared, too.

Me: That’s right.

Pogie: That’s so sad.

Me: It can be. It can also just be a sign we’re all telling each other that we. might need to love each other a little more.



Carrie Jones

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