Two Poems To Celebrate Dogs

Yes, dog poetry is a thing! Here are two favorites, one extolling the joys of a new dog and the other, the joy of a lost dog found.


Into the gravity of my life,

the serious ceremonies

of polish and paper

and pen, has come

this manic animal

whose innocent disruptions

make nonsense

of my old simplicities-

as if I needed him

to prove again that after

all the careful planning,

anything can happen.


It’s just getting dark, fog drifting in,

damp grasses fragrant with anise and mint,

and though I call his name

until my voice cracks,

there’s no faint tinkling

of tag against collar, no sleek

black silhouette with tall ears rushing

toward me through the wild radish.

As it turns out, he’s trotted home,

tracing the route of his trusty urine.

Now he sprawls on the deep red rug, not dead,

not stolen by a car on West Cliff Drive.

Every time I look at him, the wide head

resting on outstretched paws,

joy does another lap around the racetrack

of my heart. Even in sleep

when I turn over to ease my bad hip,

I’m suffused with contentment.

If I could lose him like this every day

I’d be the happiest woman alive. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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