This was not one of my favorite rhymes when I was little, because I felt sad for Old Mother Hubbard and her dog. It was hard for me to imagine having no food in your cupboard, not even a bone for your poor dog. Note: In Sharrie’s comment below, she points out that there are additional verses that are actually funny. (also see Wikipedia article).
Ruby McKim’s drawing for this one is pretty cute, although I don’t understand why she assumes the dog is old as well. Where does it say that?
Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #15
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone.
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
Poor Old Mother Hubbard! About all she has is her dog, and now the cupboard is bare and she can’t even find a bone for him. If he wasn’t so old he could go out and find one for himself, but he just sits as you see him in this Quiltie and begs Old Mother Hubbard. All the kind hearted boys and girls will be sorry and will always be good to the dogs when they think of this little Quiltie.