Animal advocates often say their goal is to give a voice to the voiceless, but one funny dog mom has taken that notion to a new level.
Shelby Maxwell of Colorado has become internet-famous for the funny poems she composes in the voice of her 130-pound Great Dane, Chief. She started off just sharing her poetry on Facebook’s popular Dogspotting group, and now she and Chief have fans all over the world!
Shelby’s poems are written in “dog-speak” from Chief’s uniquely doggy perspective, and they’re full of whimsy and humor. She even tags her work with the hashtag #ChiefersBarkowski as a nod to legendary beat poet Charles Bukowski.
All of Chief’s poetry is about the trials and tribulations of being a dog. Here’s a poem about how much he drools, complete with a picture of said drool:
Shelby’s poetry almost always racks up thousands of likes, comments, and shares on her social media pages. Her brand of wit is refreshing and fun — the perfect antidote to a lot of the heavy news we’re all seeing every day!
Here’s another one of our favorite Chief poems, this time about a play session with his dog-friend Hemlo.
Shelby started writing the poems just for fun, but after receiving such positive words of encouragement online she created a full book of poetry “written” by Chief! “Lubbies are a Dane From Heck: Poetry and Photos of Chiefers Barkowski” is out now for your reading pleasure.
According to the book, Chief would “likely describe himself as ‘tiny’ and ‘not big at all,'” and he has a lot to say in his own misspelled “dog-vocabulary.”
This is more proof that there’s never a better time than the present to pursue your hidden artistic talents! We love that Shelby is having so much success with her funny poems.
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