by Catfish McDaris

There I was in the elevator
with my 8 year old Shih Tzu,
named May, she weighed 13 lbs
& was very well behaved

A boy about 4 years old got
on & charged at my dog, I
told him please don’t do that

He ignored me & bent down
& bit my dog’s ear, she yelped
in pain, I spoke firmly to the
child telling him it was naughty
to hurt the doggie, his mother
just stood there & kept quiet

The 6 people in the elevator
yelled at me, “Leave the kid
alone, he was just having fun
with the mutt”

My dog gave them all the evil
eye & did something they won’t
forget until, May Day.

PHOTO: “Shih Tzu dog” by Geri Lavrov. Prints available at


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris has been published widely in publications that include The Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ. Press, and New Coin from Rhodes University in South Africa. He’s recently been translated into French, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Tagalog, and Esperanto. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.