Her notepad poems:
Just Another Dumb Animal Poem 

Just another dumb animal

Just another dumb animal,
Said the man standing by the wall.
Looking out at a scruffy cat,
From underneath his old grey hat.
His suit so smart, his face so old,
Waiting for the train in the cold.
Off to do a job that he hates,
To put food on his children's plates.
It made me think to hear those words,
About the lives of cats and birds.
A cat may be a little sad,
But would it go completely mad?
A dog doesn't need to pay the bills,
Or understand the toxic spills.
A mouse would never give a squeak,
If you told it that the pound is weak.
A snake won't need a credit card,
To help it through when times are hard.
A rabbit does not suffer the blues,
When it can't wear the latest shoes.
A gerbil would not live on drugs,
Paid for by the people he mugs.
A bird flies high above the crowds,
Looking down from above the clouds.
The biggest things that give us stress,
Are problems caused by our own mess.
We fill our lives, create such fuss,
Maybe the dumb animals are us?
Dean Thorpe
Dax the cat, my old pet

About this poem

I really do wonder sometimes if we have it the wrong way round, we think we are the most advanced species on the planet, but how come we chase round after our pets, fetching their food etc. while they sit on their bums watching us? I would probably get very bored being a dog or a cat as I like to keep my mind occupied, do they get bored or are most of them happy to have their simple lives, with simple needs.

Imagine a life where your biggest worry was where your favourite squeeky toy was or if you are going to be fed chicken or beef for your dinner? No worries about bills, jobs, credit crunches and things like that. I am not saying that animals do not get affected by such things, they just don't have to worry about it as much until it does.

Cats and other pets that I have had in the past seem to pick up a lot on emotions. I do think we are very lucky to have pets, but I sometimes wonder if they are as lucky to have us!

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons." - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy