"Last Christmas they gave me a sweater, And a nice warm suit of wool, but i'd rather be cold and have a dog, to watch when i come home from school. father gave me a bicycle, but that isn't much of a treat, unless you have a dog at your heels racing away down the street. they bought me a camping outfit, but a bonfire by a log is all the outfit I would ask, if I only had a dog. they seem to think a little dog is a killer of all earth's joys; but oh, that "pesky little dog" means hours of joy to the boys."
-Stephen Crane's first known poem