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Famous poems often reflect on the feeling of falling in love with a dog. 

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Three heartwarming poems about the love of a dog

By Greta Inglis Dog Behaviourist | Animal Behaviourist

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With their unwavering loyalty and affection, dogs are not just pets; they are our best friends. Here we take a look at three poems about the love of a dog.

Offering a sense of security, unconditional love and cherished companionship, there's a reason dogs are known as man's best friend. 

Poets have long been entranced by the power of the dog and the importance of these furry companions in our everyday lives, writing of the beautiful bond between humans and their canine companions.

How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,

especially in a city like New York.

So think long and hard before deciding on love.

On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:

when you’re walking down the street late at night

and you have a leash on love

ain’t no one going to mess with you.

Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.

Who knows what love could do in its own defense?


On cold winter nights, love is warm.

It lies between you and lives and breathes

and makes funny noises.

Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.

It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.


Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.

But come home and love is always happy to see you.

It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,

but you can never be mad at love for long.


Is love good all the time? No! No!

Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.


Love makes messes.

Love leaves you little surprises here and there.

Love needs lots of cleaning up after.

Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.

Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper

and swat love on the nose,

not so much to cause pain,

just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!


Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.

Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block

and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions

at once, or wind itself around and around you

until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.


But love makes you meet people wherever you go.

People who have nothing in common but love

stop and talk to each other on the street.


Throw things away and love will bring them back,

again, and again, and again.

But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.

And in return, love loves you and never stops.

- Taylor Mali

Just a Dog

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,”

or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”


They don’t understand the distance travelled, the time spent,

or the costs involved for “just a dog.”


Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”


Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,”

but I did not once feel slighted.


Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by

“just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch

of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.


If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you probably understand

phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”


“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship,

trust, and pure unbridled joy.


“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience

that make me a better person.


Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look

longingly to the future.


So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog”

but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,

the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.


“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts

away from myself and the worries of the day.


I hope that someday they can understand that its’ not “just a dog”

but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being

“just a man” or “just a woman.”


So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,”

just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

- Author unknown

What Would This World be like Without Dogs? 

Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased.

It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life,

and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born.

What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass?

What would this world be like without dogs?”

- Mary Oliver

Do you have a favourite poem about the love of a dog? Let us know in the comments below!

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