As a puppy bounded into the office, their owner several yards away.

The pup walked up to another dog then began to play.

The other dog was scared and growled as the pup would flip and skip.

And like many other scared animals, the dog gave the pup a nip.  

Before I finish this story, it’s an important thing to factor,

That this pup was at the end of what I’d call a “Super-Retractor.”

Five minutes later, when the owner walked right through the door.

She was concerned and worried when her pup began to roar.

“Oh no!” She said, “This vicious dog has hurt my poor Lucky!”

“Mrs. Moore,” I calmly said, “It is quite plain to see,

Your pup got bitten because you could not keep him at bay.

For you cannot control your pup from twenty feet away.”

The pup quickly ran towards me and to my legs went round and round,

The leash pulled tight, and like a lasso pulled me to the ground.

For on the endless leash the pup continued to prance,

And in a huff, I bounced back up and dusted off my pants.

“Mrs. Moore, if you could please keep Lucky in your sights.

As you can see, this leash can lead to injuries and fights.

 I hate to say it, but Lucky may soon run out of luck.

If you still keep him on a leash where he can run amok.”

It’s safe to say that whether your pup is big or small,

That a retractable leash is, in fact, not a leash at all.

So do us vets a favor, even though it may seem brash.

Take that retractable leash of yours and throw it in the trash.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the editorial team.

Dr. Jessica Stroupe (The Pet Poet)


Dr. Jessica Stroupe (The Pet Poet) is a practice owner and mixed animal veterinarian in rural Missouri. She is a wife and mother of two boys. A 2012 graduate of the University of Missouri CVM, she has a passion for promoting healthy work environments and encouraging younger practitioners to pursue practice ownership. She also enjoys using humor and creativity to point out the absurdities and situations that many practitioners face daily, and her hope is to bring smiles and laughter to her veterinary colleagues. When she’s not working or managing her veterinary practice, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and lifting weights.  

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