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Whit is a dug?

Author(s): George Hynd

Copyright holder(s): George Hynd

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This is called 'A Poem for Jim' or 'Whit Is a Dug?'

A dug is a thing that lies on the rug,
Looks up at you wi' a face sae smug.
It'll only move wi' a prod o' your feet
Cos it's fu' up to the brim wi' kennel meat.

It's stark fu' o' meat and marrow-bone jelly
And it's waitin' for you to tickle its belly
As it lies on your hearth rug in front of your fire.
It is your master cos you were the buyer.

Now, dugs they come in a' shapes and sizes,
Some go to shows and there they win prizes.
Wee women carry yorkies aboot in wee boxes
And huntsmen on horseback use hounds to chase foxes.

Some live in great grandeur and some in wee huts.
To the man in the street they're a' termed as mutts.
There's Lassies, and Rovers and Towzers and Spikes;
It's funny the names folk dig up fur their tykes.

There's bull-dogs and lurchers, labradors and alsations,
Wee pekinese and many-spotted dalmations,
Afghans, stag-hounds, bonzois and beagles.
At Dunbar there's a wee dug that chases the sea-gulls.

There's black an’ white collies that round up the sheep
An’ big Saint Bernard's cost a fortune to keep,
Wee totty chihuahuas that'll fit in your pocket,
Then greyhounds and whippets that can run like a rocket

A dug is a puppy it's a bonny wee beast,
It takes ower yer hoose, aye that's sayin the least,
It gets petted and pampered and smothered wi' care
An’ it pays a' that kindness by peein on yer flair.

A dug is your best pal, a freend and a mate
As it sits tails a-waggin' fur you at the gate.
A dug will be faithful to you a' its life,
A better companion than many a' wife.

It disnae ask much, just some grub every day,
A wee bit o' a walk an' a wee bit o' play.
So keep this in mind when it nuzzles your lug,
Your best friend in life is a thing ca'd a dug.


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Whit is a dug?

Audio

Audio audience

General public
For gender Mixed
Audience size 1

Audio awareness & spontaneity

Speaker awareness Aware
Degree of spontaneity Spontaneous

Audio medium

Radio/audio

Audio relationship between recorder/interviewer and speakers

Speakers knew each other Yes

Audio transcription information

Transcriber id 631
Year of transcription 2004
Year material recorded 1995
Word count 367

Audio type

Poetry reading/song/ballad performance

Author

Author details

Author id 611
Forenames George
Surname Hynd
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes

Participant

Participant details

Participant id 611
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes

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