Quadrille for d’verse poets. “Mia”

Mia with capMia with Mob cap….the shadow who has recovered nicely.  An English Staffordshire bull dog terrier.


 A black shadow followed me home.

A dog, pregnant, burned,

Scars on her face and neck,

She recovered with food and couch

Named her MIA, since she was

And shadowed by the cruelty out there

She preferred my boney lap to the streets.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2016

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43 Responses to “Quadrille for d’verse poets. “Mia””

  1. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    Ah. I always thought that, since I dealt with people, nursing, my whole life, I would volunteer during retirement at an animal rescue–but realized, I couldn’t handle all the dogs I would want to bring home. This is so touching. Good for you and Mia.

    I didn’t count your words, Jane, but the quadrille is supposed to have exactly 44 and here we use a prompt word…which you did quite nicely. I do my quadrilles on Word so I can use the word count function. The title does not count in the word count. Not sure what your word count is, but we are so glad you are here! I’ve always enjoyed your work.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    I use word also…..don;’t have that many fingers, but it said it was 44 words.

    Oh, I know what you mean, Victoria. I have 4 dogs, (plus Mia) 8 cats and I feed 4 times a week 8 other cats a block away. Have for 6 years…and have adopted as many as I can. I prefer animals over people frankly….they are unconditional love, (especially the dogs) and they listen. I read my poetry to the dogs but they do nothing for spellcheck. LOL! Mia is especially sensitive. Her life at 4, was horrible. She was found in an industrial area, and they kept her at the pound for 4 months….avoiding the needle or gas, because she was so sweet. When the other dogs got into a fight…Mia was running away. The asses who had her before obviously thought she was a ‘fight’ dog, but I think she ended up as a ‘bait’ dog. One who is thrown in a ring to be killed by the more vicious dogs. That she escaped is a miracle….but she can dig out under a fence, and since we have had her….she only did that twice,and ran to the front fence! LOL! She’s my love…and don’t tell the other dogs, but I love her the best. Thank you, Victoria for reading and your lovely comment. I had to throw out a couple of articles to get to 44. LOL!


  3. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    Well, we are of the same mind as far as our furry babies. I only have two. In Reno we are allowed 3 but we travel back and forth to Palm Desert and the HOA there only allows 2. We only do rescues and I wish I could do more to get the word out of how wonderful and eternally grateful, how loving those dogs are. (I’m allergic to cats and, no doubt, would have them as well if I weren’t.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    I’m so glad that you found each other… and the name is perfect for someone lost like that… I have never thought about taking care of a stray, but it’s interesting how she found you and not the other way around.

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  5. ladynyo Says:

    BLESS YOU, Victoria! I love to hear other’s stories of their rescuing animals. I would have more on this 1/4 acre, but I also have 8 hens and one rooster. LOL! I would love to have a few sheep….but the dogs have torn up the turf.

    Animals are eternally grateful…as should we be so. Yesterday I had an argument with this woman who demanded that I didn’t feed these cats on a corner (street corner) of her property. She also demanded that I pick up all the garbage in her yard. She never does, and I am not her garbage woman. Fortunately, a woman across from her…who ‘owns’ the cats, offered her back yard to feed them.
    I have no patience with animal haters….scratch them, underneath is a world of trouble and pathologies.



  6. ladynyo Says:

    well, the actual situation is more complex She was slated for death, and we got there in time. She is a love…and you should consider adopting a stray. I’ve had strays for 40 years here, and some of them are purebreds, etc….people dump dogs and cats in our neighborhood all the time and they then dump them on me. I don’t care….the survival of these beings is what is important. And anyway….Who owns whom??? LOL!

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  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    Being owned by a bull-terrier sounds a tad frightening though…


  8. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    Were I ever to become homicidal, it would be to animal or child abusers. Grrr.


  9. Brian Says:

    Thank you for writing about abused animals.


  10. Kay Says:

    What a lovely story.💜


  11. Sanaa Rizvi Says:

    Oh this is so touching!


  12. ladynyo Says:

    Mia??? I fear my 12 year old snapping turtle cum Shepherd more. LOL! Mia is beloved by all the cats….she doesn’t chase or snap at them….she allows them (in the beginning they did this) to slap her around. She could eat them, but she just licks them….and they LOVE it. The gentlest dog I have EVER had. Apologize to Mia, please. LOL!


  13. Grace Says:

    I am so happy to read this Jane. And good for Mia to have found love and home with you. Love also the picture and thanks for joining us ~


  14. Kay Says:

    She’s beautiful!

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  15. ladynyo Says:

    Isn’t she? She’s one of the sweetest dogs I have ever come across. She’s one you pull on your lap and whisper your secrets to. LOL!

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  16. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Grace…for reading and your comment. We’ve had Mia exactly for one year now. When I took that pix, she had never been on a bed before….and was rather wary of the invitation. LOL! Now??? She can clear the bed from 5 feet away. She just floats up there. It’s hysterical cause her legs are so short! LOL~


  17. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Sanaa!


  18. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kay!

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  19. Kay Says:

    Sorry I replied more than once! It kept giving me an error so I wasn’t sure it worked!


  20. Kay Says:

    Oh, I love that!


  21. ladynyo Says:

    Brian…there are so many abused, neglected, starved and tortured animals in Atlanta. It is shocking. After all these decades of seeing and hearing this shit, I have serious doubts on the sanity of humanity. I’ve had over 30 dogs at least that I have rescued from the street…and everyone was wonderful special, and I got more from their ‘humanity’ than I ever gave solace to. My poor husband is allergic to dander and he has to take shots each month or he can’t breathe. Plus, he pays for the food and care. For 32 years…..


  22. ladynyo Says:

    Yep, Victoria, but children have a lot of services, etc…to protect them. Animals? Not so much. And the amount of animal cruelty down here would gag a maggot.


  23. ladynyo Says:

    No problem…I do that frequently!

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  24. maria Says:

    “shadowed by the cruelty out there” .. so true! I’m glad you both found each other. 🙂


  25. ladynyo Says:

    Me, too, Maria. But I think of all the other Mia’s out there that weren’t found. Atlanta has a brutal population that doesn’t care anything for animal cruelty. Funding is always put at the bottom of the list. I remember an official with the Atlanta Humane Society telling me that ‘dogs like to sleep on concrete’. this bastard is indicative of the mentality that has reigned here in the South for generations. Some people are so stupid you can’t fix.


  26. whippetwisdom Says:

    So lovely to see Mia has landed on her paws :o)

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  27. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Yep! she has and she has claimed the couch in the tv room for her own. She has turned out to be a little bully with the other dogs (who are much larger) but I salute her spirit! Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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  28. whippetwisdom Says:

    I love a girl with spirit and it is a pleasure to read and comment! :o)

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  29. Dr. Crystal Howe Says:

    I have a rescue terrier too, though fortunately he was better off when I got him than Mia was. He is black and white. 🙂

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  30. ladynyo Says:

    Ah…Good for you! We all need to be rescued I believe. Bjorn might be a bit afraid of bull terriers, but Mia is an English Staffordshire pit bull terrier, and they call these “Nanny Dogs” in England. They are so sweet and loving that they are placed in baby carriages with the babies. Mia loves kittens…. Thank you for reading.


  31. phoartetry Says:

    I’m so happy you found each other. I bet Mia fills you life with absoulte unconditional love and slobbery kisses.

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  32. ladynyo Says:

    Yes, she does. from a cowed dog who was afraid of everything…including a hall rug, she has blossomed into a love machine. Complete with slobbery kisses. LOL! We all need unconditional love….and I trust it from dogs and cats (though cats have their doubts about uncon. love.)

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  33. phoartetry Says:

    Dogs have more personality, integrity, empathy and loyalty than most people. I never had a cat (highly allergic to them) so I can’t speak of cats.

    Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and yet and yet they spend loving us more than they do their self.

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  34. ladynyo Says:

    Yep. I’ve had lots of cats, and some of them were like children to me. Some bond closely. My Rose, who walked away at 16 four years ago, used to slide into the bath with me….warm water soothed her joints. She was so funny. I’ve had cats that lay on my chest during a shower! But I know what you mean about dogs. If it wasn’t for the unconditional love of dogs, at a time where I had no family, and a husband who deserted me (after 13 years) when I was hit by a car….I don’t think that I would be alive. Some one once said: “Animals have such short, brutal lives, give them all the love possible.”
    my best friend was a cat (Oscar) who listened to me wail. And then, climbed into my lap and comforted me in ways only a cat can do.

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  35. katiemiafrederick Says:

    Missing in action
    a shadow
    of Love..
    than dogs
    as empirical measures of
    modern empathy goes..
    sadly that’s
    the way of
    clothes.. warm
    and fuzzy means warm
    and fuzzy with sMiLes..
    no matter 43 or 44 words..
    can StILL
    be found @44..;)

    i’M not gonna lie..
    i counted ALL your
    words and liked
    them just as


  36. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you!

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  37. katiemiafrederick Says:



  38. phoartetry Says:

    Yep, unconditional love, no matter our moods, they are there. I believe they can
    feel our pain and suffering, our joys and happiness.


  39. ladynyo Says:

    I agree. When I first came south I was told (repeatedly) that dogs and cats didn’t feel pain. They didn’t cry.

    What total ignorance! Animals are more compassionate than humans in my opinion.

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  40. Bodhirose Says:

    What a happy story for Mia…and you too, of course, Jane! I think more and more people seem to be adopting rescue animals these days. It’s a win-win outcome for both parties.


  41. mother wintermoon Says:

    Oh yes. All my furbabies have been rescues. Thank you.


  42. ladynyo Says:

    Good for you! And thank you for reading.

    Liked by 1 person

  43. phoartetry Says:

    Sooo True!

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