Michael Jackson's Ben is about a large mouse, (just can't use the word 'rat' because of its negative connotation). Elvis Presley has a song about another animal. The words speak for themselves. Please take some time to read the lyrics.
1. When I was a lad/And old shep was a pup/Over hills and meadows we'd stray/Just a boy and his dog/We were both full of fun/We grew up together that way/
2. I remember the time at the old swimmin' hold/When I would have drowned beyond doubt/But old shep was right there/To the rescue he came/He jumped in and then pulled me out/As the years fast did roll/Old shep he grew old/His eyes were fast growing dim/And one day the doctor looked at me and said/I can do no more for him Jim/
3. With hands that were trembling/I picked up my gun/And aimed it at Shep's faithful head/I just couldnt do it/I wanted to run/I wish they would shoot me instead/He came to my side/And looked up at me/And laid his old head on my knee/I had struck the best friend that a man ever had/I cried so I scarcely could see/
4. Old shep he has gone/Where the good doggies go/And no more with old shep will I roam/But if dogs have a heaven/There's one thing I know/Old shep has a wonderful home. (By: Foley/Arthur.)
Image: Andy Lim Collection.