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Feather's Miscellany: Peter Pratt’s Pets

John Waddington-Feather introduces us to two remarkable performing pets.

Old Peter Pratt had a wonderful dog,
Which could play the piano real good;
When he ran short of cash on a Saturday night
Peter took it along to his club.

And sometimes he’d also take with him his cat,
A tortoiseshell tommy which sang;
While the dog played a tune sat down on a stool
The cat yowled away loud and strong.

One day the club barman told Peter the truth,
That he’d earn a great fortune, he’d wage,
If he moved down to London and worked his act there
With his dog and his cat on the stage.

“Perhaps,” said old Peter, “but my lot is here
With the folks I’ve grown up with and know.
I’ve no urge for fame; I’m content with my lot,
Not the star of some slick London show.

But my dog and my cat aren’t quite what they seem,
Their act is a bit of a twist;
My cat is tone-deaf and can’t sing a note
And my dog’s a ventriloquist!”
John Waddington-Feather ©

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