The Song of Ellie Mae (I helped her with this one):
I am a Redtick Coonhound girl, and I’ve got velvet ears.
I’ll love your cats and kids, my friend–just toss out all those fears!
I like to run, but as you know, I’ve had a broken hip.
So I’ll just want to stay with you; I won’t give you the slip.
Letter from Ellie Mae to Beloved Friend, written all by herself:
deer lady who lives in a different place from me,
i herd you is thinking of having a coonhound an’ i is one
a big metal animal that runned really fast hit me an’ i got hurt for a long time
now i is good again an’ i just need a mother an’ some other peoples to love
i like little peoples and little animals, just not ones like the big metal one that made my bones break
a different lady tol’ me she sended a picture an’ a by-o of me to you
i herd somebody say i am pretty an’ i is a good dog
so maybe you will like me an’ you will be my mother
i will love you very much
i will not run away
sincerely, ellie mae, red polka dot coonhound