The loss of a cherished dog can hurt deeply. As in so many other cases, poetry can help a person express those feelings and grieve.
Poems for a Dead Canine Friend
The following poems are written from both a dog's and an owner's perspective. Perhaps one will speak to your own heart.
The Best Dog of All
Loving and loyal,
A friend through and through,
How in the world can I
live life without you?
I've known you since you
Were just a scrappy little pup.
Fighting to survive,
And you never gave up.
I watched you grow into a
beautiful canine friend.
Back in those days,
I could not imagine this end.
But now it is all over,
And you're truly gone.
Somehow I'll find a way
To try to carry on.
Perhaps one day I'll find
A new puppy who,
Will become my dear friend,
But she'll never replace you.
I'll keep your little photo
hung up on my wall,
And I'll always remember you
As the very best dog of all.
You Did Me a Kindness
When my legs grew too weak to carry me,
And my tired eyes could no longer see,
When it pained me to struggle for each new breath,
When my heart beat weaker, and I drew closer to death,
You did me the kindness of letting me go.
You didn't make me hang on when I was suffering so.
I promise I don't think that you loved me any less,
And I love you all the more for your selflessness.
You freed my spirit from its body so wracked with pain,
And let me run the fields of Heaven, where I'm sure we'll meet again.
Until We Meet in Heaven
All good things
Must come to an end,
And today I said goodbye
To my very best friend.
The house will seem so still,
Now that he's gone.
There'll be no one to wake me up
To go outside at dawn.
His bowls will sit there empty,
But I'll leave them in their place.
No more will water drip down
From his thirsty, furry face.
There'll be no one to bark
When the paper boy comes by.
It's going to be one of those moments
When I'm sure I'll want to cry.
But I know the day will come,
When my tears will finally fade,
And I'll focus on the good times,
and all the fetch we played.
So until the day that we
Can be together once again,
I'll keep your memory alive
'Til we meet in Heaven, my friend.
Your Canine Guardian Angel
I know that you must miss me,
By the tears rolling down your face.
But believe me when I tell you that,
I'm in a very good place.
There are meadows here to run in,
And plenty of rabbits to chase.
There are other dogs to play with,
To frolick with and race.
So please don't worry about me,
My spirit feels light as can be.
There's no more pain to plague me,
I'm young again and free.
And I'll be watching over you still,
of that you can be sure.
I'm your canine guardian angel,
And my love for you remains pure.
More Poem Resources
You can find even more poems about the death of a pet on the Internet, as well as in books. The following resources may provide what you're looking for.
Timeless Dog Poems
The following writers have written timeless poems about the death of a dog. These beautiful poems can be used as remembrances of a beloved pet, written in personalized cards, used at a funeral service or engraved on a pet's headstone or grave marker. These poems and many more can be found on Pet Loss.
- Dogs in Heaven by Earl Hammer Jr.
- The House Dog's Grave by Robinson Jeffers
- Heaven's Doggy Door by Jan Cooper
- Special Friend by Christina Tronnes
- A Prayer for Animals by Albert Schweitzer
Finding the right poem to commemorate a dog's passing can be difficult for owners who want to honor their pets' memories. Keep in mind that there's more than one way to deal with the loss. While a poem that expesses grief might help one person, a humorous poem or one that celebrates a dog's life might be more appropriate for someone else. The following books contain a variety of poems that might be of interest.
- Dog Poems by Dave Crawley and Tamara Petrosino
- Doggerel: Poems About Dogs by Carmela Ciuraru
- Animal Blessings: Prayers and Poems Celebrating Our Pets by June Cotner
Consider Writing a Poem
Who can express your feelings better than you can yourself? You don't have to be a writer or professional poet to put your thoughts and feelings down on paper. You can use rhymes if you like, or simply write free form. Just let the poem be a simple remembrance of the time you and your beloved dog shared on earth.