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Two little dogs went out for a walk | 14-Aug-10

Two little dogs went out for a walk
And it was windy weather
So to stop themselves being blown away
They tied their tails together

They tied their tales with a yard of rope
But the wind it blew and blew
Till sharp and keen as a carving knife
It cut that rope in two

Then away and away like two little kites
The two little dogs blew about
Till one little dog was blown to bits
And the other turned inside out

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line 3 should read so to stop the wind from blowing them away. line 5 is tape not rope.
line 7 is, as not till. line 8 is and cut the tape in two line. 9 is away away like kites in the air line12 is blown and not turned.
lawrence german

I knew it as
Two little dogs went out for a walk and it was windy weather.
So, for fear that the wind should blow them away, they tied their tails together.
They tied their tails with a yard of tape and the wind it blew and blew.
Til one little dog was blown to bits and the other turned inside out.
Kay Stuart

I remember learning this poem as a small child of 5 or so, in Wales in the early 1940's. I went looking for it on line because t came up in conversation, and at this date I could only recall snatches of it. My guess is that the 3-verse version is more likely correct. I recall a small book, with perhaps a picture of 2 little dogs with their tails tied together with a ribbon (tape- not rope)
David Scarratt

I too remember my Grandmother reciting this to me when I was about 4 or 5. I am just glad I have found it so I can recite it to my Grand daughter. Although I vaguelly remember that the dogs came home in the end wagging their tails, I can't remember such a gruesome end.
Denise Halfpenny

I learnt this when I was just 5 at Wrotham Road Junior school Gravesend (1958) I had to regularly recite it when visitors came to the classroom but I remember the words slightly differently.

Two lttle dogs went out for a walk and it was windy weather
So for fear the wind would blow them away they tied their tails together
They tied their tails with a piece of tape and the wind it blew and blew
As keen and sharp as a carving knife and it cut their tails in two
Then away and away like kites in the air those two little dogs blew about
Til one little dog was blown to bits and the other turned inside out!

I've never forgotten it, even after 53 years!
Sara Langdale

This is how I remember it at Nightingale Infants School in Doncaster, South Yorks circa 1962
Two lttle dogs went out for a walk and it was windy weather
So for fear the wind would blow them away they tied their tails together
They tied their tails with a piece of tape and the wind it blew and blew
As keen and sharp as a carving knife and it cut their tails in two
Then away and away like kites in the air those two little dogs blew about
Til one little dog was blown to bits and the other turned inside out!
Paul Clarke

Two little dogs went out one day and it was windy weather
and to stop themselves from blowing away they tied their tails together.....
..and the wind came up and it blew and it blew and it blew...
..and away in the air like kites in the air the two little doggi.es flew
......

Rose Dickens Dickens

I learned this in 1940/41 when I was 4/5yrs old and was delighted to find it again. As I remember it went :-

Two little dogs went out for a walk
And it was windy weather
For fear the wind should blow them away
They tied their tails together

They tied their tails with a yard of tape
But the wind it blew and blew
And sharp and keen as a carving knife
It cut the tape in two.

Away and away like two little kites
the two dogs blew about
'til one little dog was blown to bits
And the other turned inside out.
Daphne Brown

This poem is by D'A W Thompson. Not sure who that is but it could be D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, a renowned professor from the first part of the 20th century...
Deborah McDaid

My family's version (in South Wales) was perhaps a little more child friendly:

Two little dogs went out for a walk
And it was windy weather.
For fear that the wind would blow them away
They tied their tails together.

They tied their tails with a yard of tape
And the wind it blew and blew,
Till just as sharp as a carving knife
It cut that tape in two.

Then up in the sky like two little kites
The two little dogs blew about,
Till one little dog blew far away
And the other turned inside out.
Peter Ford-Evans

Whilst looking through some novels bought in the 1980's I came across a piece of paper, on which I had copied down two poems. Unfortunately there was no authors name.

Two little dogs went out one day,
When it was windy weather.
And to keep themselves from blowing away,
They tied their tails together.

And the wind came down and the rain came down,
And it blew and it blew and it blew.
And it blew like razors and carving knives,
And cut their tails in two.

And away and away like kites in the air,
Flew those two little doggies about.
And one little dog was blown outside in,
And the other blown inside out.
Karen Frost

I learned it as a school- child in Bath in 1930 to 1940, and have taught it to my family with great enjoyment. I agree with Sara Langdale and Paul Clarke except for 2 small things.
" They tied their tails with a yard of tape and the wind it blew and blew Sharp and keen as a carving knife, and cut that tape in two".
Janet Arnold

This poem is visible on Google Books, from the text Nursery Nonsense; or, Rhymes Without Reason, by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson & illustrated by C.H. Bennett (London: Griffith and Farran, 1864)

Karen Smith


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