C Carmine Amaro

The Unbreakable Bond: A Journey Through Dog Memorial Poems

Aug 27, 2023


Losing a beloved pet is one of the most profound sorrows one can experience. Yet, amidst this grief, the written word provides solace, reminding us that we're not alone in our feelings. A "dog memorial poem" beautifully captures the essence of this bond, painting vivid images of when you and your special friend finally meet at the place called Rainbow Bridge. Just this side of heaven, all the animals run and play together on green grass, waiting for their humans. The notion that when an animal dies, they cross the Rainbow Bridge to find fields adorned with lush greenery is heartwarming.

As you delve into these pet loss poems, you'll find echoes of happy kisses that rain upon a beloved head, of eager body, quivers in anticipation, and visions of heaven's bright tomorrow. It's a world where the statement "just a pet" does not exist, for each animal is a cherished companion. From the loss of a pet that leaves an emptiness to those sunny memories where a friend's sunlight streams, these poems weave a tapestry of love and longing. For cherished pet memorial portraits that capture in images but engraved in your heart visit Pet Portraits. As legs carrying our pets across vast terrains here become memories, the promise of a reunion where happy kisses are exchanged offers a glimmer of hope. Dive into this collection and find comfort in the shared experiences of those who understand that every pet is, indeed, a special friend.

Don’t Cry for Me When I Am Gone

The poem "Don’t Cry for Me When I Am Gone" is a moving reflection on enduring love and the timeless connections we forge. Through vivid imagery, it emphasizes that even in absence, love's echoes can be found in the world around us, ensuring that cherished bonds remain unbroken.

So, though I give you all my heart,
the time will come when we must part.
But all around you, you will see,
creatures that speak to you of me;
a tired horse, a hunted thing,
a sparrow with a broken wing.
Pity – and help (I know you will)
and somehow, I will be with you still;
and I shall know, although I’m gone,
the love I gave you lingers on.


Treasured Friend

"Treasured Friend" is a poignant ode to the timeless bond between a human and their loyal canine companion. The poem gracefully traverses the journey of loss, nostalgia, and eventual hope. With its heartfelt verses, it offers solace in the belief that true connections transcend the physical realm, promising reunions even beyond the horizon of life.

I lost a treasured friend today
The little dog who used to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And shared her silent thoughts with me.

She’ll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more her favourite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called her to his golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears
I thank him for the happy years
He let her spend down here with me
And for her love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go
And join her there, this much I know
I shall not fear the transient dark
For she will greet me with a bark.

Author Unknown

A Little Dog Angel

"A Little Dog Angel" is a heartfelt testament to the undying bond between a master and their faithful canine companion. As the little dog angel patiently waits in the celestial realms, the poem beautifully illustrates the hope and unwavering loyalty of a dog, believing that the bond they shared on Earth will once again be rekindled in the hereafter.

High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels he will not play,
but he sits alone at the gates.
“For I know my master will come” says he,
“and when he comes he will call for me.”

The other angels pass him by
As they hurry toward the throne,
And he watches them with a wistful eye
as he sits at the gates alone.
“But I know if I just wait patiently
that someday my master will call for me.”

And his master, down on earth below,
as he sits in his easy chair,
forgets sometimes, and whispers low
to the dog who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks his ears
and dreams that his master’s voice he hears.

And when at last his master waits
outside in the dark and cold,
for the hand of death to open the door,
that leads to those courts of gold,
he will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
a little dog angel’s bark.

Noah M. Holland

A Bridge Called Love

"A Bridge Called Love" encapsulates the timeless nature of memories and the solace they offer in the face of loss. With its evocative imagery of a bridge connecting Earth to Heaven, the poem symbolizes that love, in its true essence, serves as a bridge, keeping our departed ones forever close to our hearts, no matter the distance.

It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.

And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories
from Earth to Heaven above…
It keeps our dear ones near us
It’s the bridge that we call love.


For a Cat - To Love Again

"For a Cat - To Love Again" delves deep into the transformative power of love and the vulnerability of opening one's heart after enduring the pain of loss. This poem captures the essence of the whimsical, demanding, and endearing nature of a cat while also exploring the hesitation and eventual acceptance of a new furry friend into one's life after experiencing heartbreak.

Oh what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate,
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth and food?

For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny,
While she, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house the law.

She scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed,
She ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day she died.

So if you really think, oh cat
I'd willingly relive all that,
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well don't just stand there - come on in!

Author Unknown


"Solace" provides a heart-rending perspective from the departed, reaching out to comfort the grieving. Through ethereal imagery, the poem captures the lingering essence of the departed, emphasizing their ever-present nature, and offering a glimmer of hope to the heartbroken, suggesting that saying goodbye is merely a temporary state.

From the Silence of your pain, I heard my name
and on the wings of light I have come
to see the sadness in your eyes
that cry without tears

Can you see me, I am here
I will always be near you,
to calm your shattered heart
and to make you smile at the memories

Do you feel me, perhaps a soft brush of fur
You ache to believe it’s real
but you are afraid to hope
you brush away a strand of hair
But it was I, whispering

I am only here for a moment
The silver thread gently quivers
I will leave behind my love in a dream
When you awaken and without really knowing why

Your heart will know at last
That it is all right for now
to say goodbye.

Lisa Carmel Singer

A Good Dog Never Dies

This anonymous poem, "A Good Dog Never Dies," celebrates the enduring spirit of a loyal canine friend. Evoking the tangible memories of crisp walks and warm companionship, it reinforces the idea that while a good dog may physically leave, their essence remains forever intertwined with their owner, accompanying them throughout the seasons of life.

A good dog never dies, he always stays,
he walks besides you on crisp autumn days
when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near,
his head within our hand in his old way


Tribute to a Best Friend

"Tribute to a Best Friend" paints a poignant picture of the void left behind by a departed companion. With vivid recollections of sunlight, echoing hallways, and a once-golden voice, this tribute speaks to the irreplaceable nature of such a bond. However, it also emphasizes the beauty of cherishing memories, framing them as treasures to be held onto until a fated reunion.

Sunlight streams through window pane onto a spot on the floor…
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie, but now you are no more.

Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, and muted echoes sound…
then I remember,
it’s where your paws would joyously abound.

A voice is heard along the road, and up beyond the hill,
then I remember,
it can’t be yours — your golden voice is still.

But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor and empty muted hall,
and lay them with the absent voice and unused dish along the wall.

I’ll wrap these treasured memories in a blanket of my love,
and keep them for my best friend until we meet above

Unknown Author

Her Journey’s Just Begun

Ellen Brenneman's "Her Journey’s Just Begun" offers a comforting perspective on loss, suggesting that the end on Earth is merely the beginning of another phase. The poem eloquently focuses on the continuation of existence beyond our earthly comprehension, and the undying nature of love. It's an ode to the everlasting spirit and the indelible marks left by those who were dearly loved.

Don’t think of her as gone away –
her journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets –
this earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of her as living

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost –
And she was loved so much.

Ellen Brenneman

Lend Me A Pup

This poignant piece, "Lend Me A Pup," delves into the temporary stewardship of love and care we hold for our pets. Through God's perspective, it presents the gift of a pup's companionship as a trust, a fleeting moment of joy and lessons, emphasizing the inevitability of grief, but also the immeasurable love and memories that come with it.

I will lend to you for awhile a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives 
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for 12 or 14 years, or maybe for 2 or 3
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and 
(should his stay be brief)
you’ll always have his memories 
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay 
since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true,
And from the fold that crowd life’s land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to take 
my pup back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, They Will Be Done,”
For all the joys this pup will bring
the risk of grief you’ll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness,
Will you love him while you may?
And for the happiness you’ll know 
forever grateful stay?

But should I call him back
much sooner than you’ve planned,
please brave the bitter grief that comes 
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you’ve managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you’ve loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle, 
and know he loved you too.

Unknown Author

Golden Eyes

"Golden Eyes" is a touching reflection on the inevitable moment when we must bid farewell to a cherished pet. Carol Walker gently juxtaposes the gleaming days of sunlit joy against the sorrowful moment of parting. Through vivid imagery, the poem offers solace in the belief that there's a heavenly reunion, where pain is a forgotten memory, and love reigns supreme.

When golden eyes no longer glow,
and we both know it’s time to go,

Don’t look at me with eyes so sad,
but think of better times we had,

When sunlight did upon us shine,
and happy days were yours and mine,

And through the grass we both did run,
and on our backs we felt the sun,

Think not of this dark final hour,
think not of when our lives turned sour,

Think not of hopelessness and pain,
but think of joy and laugh again,

For in that final act of love,
you released me to heaven above,

Where finally from pain I’m free,
where one day you will join with me,

Where together again we will rejoice,
and you and I as with one voice,

Will in perfect harmony sing,
of the joy and pain that love can bring,

And remember me just as I will,
always think of you until,

At last again I see your face,
grieve not, I am in a better place.

Carol Walker

Four Feet

Renowned author Rudyard Kipling brings forth the simple yet profound memories of a companion in "Four Feet." Highlighting the unwavering presence of a pet, the poem underscores the indelible imprint these four feet leave on one's journey of life. The rhythm and imagery subtly convey the sense of emptiness and longing felt when these loyal companions are no more.

I have done mostly what most men do,
And pushed it out of my mind;
But I can't forget, if I wanted to,
Four-Feet trotting behind.

Day after day, the whole day through --
Wherever my road inclined --
Four-feet said, "I am coming with you!"
And trotted along behind.

Now I must go by some other round, --
Which I shall never find --
Somewhere that does not carry the sound
Of Four-Feet trotting behind.

Rudyard Kipling

We Have a Secret

"We Have a Secret" is a serene ode to the undying connection between a person and their pet, transcending the confines of the physical world. It captures the ethereal moments where memories of a beloved pet feel tangibly real, whether it's seeing them in nature's play or feeling their presence in a familiar environment. The poem is a testament to the idea that while they might not be visibly present, our pets forever inhabit our hearts and surroundings.

We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?
And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.
And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.

Author Unknown

The Last Battle

"The Last Battle" is a heartfelt expression of the inevitable decision many pet owners face when their beloved companions reach the end of their journeys. The poem, penned by an unknown author, traverses the deep emotional territory of love, compassion, and letting go. It underscores the importance of understanding when to release a pet from their suffering, highlighting the enduring bond between humans and their animal companions that transcends life's final moments.

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close — we two — these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown

Four Feet in Heaven

Alice E. Chase's "Four Feet in Heaven" is a poignant ode to a dearly departed pet. The poem evokes the emptiness and sorrow felt in the wake of their absence. Through evocative imagery, Chase touches upon the cherished memories and routines shared with a pet, offering solace in the belief that a place awaits for them in the great beyond, where joy and companionship will be renewed.

Your favorite chair is vacant now…
No eager purrs to greet me.
No softly padded paws to run
Ecstatically to meet me.

No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
Will say it’s time for feeding.
I’ve put away your bowl, and all
The things you won’t be needing;

But I will miss you little friend,
For I could never measure
The happiness you brought me,
The comfort and the pleasure.

And since God put you here to share
In earthly joy and sorrow;
I’m sure there’ll be a place for you
In Heaven’s bright tomorrow…

Alice E. Chase

The Loss of a Heart-Dog

In "The Loss of a Heart-Dog," Colleen Fitzsimmons beautifully captures the everlasting connection between an owner and their canine companion, even after passing. Through the voice of the departed dog, the poem provides comfort by asserting that the bond remains unbroken. The touching verses recount familiar scenarios and endearing memories, suggesting that our cherished pets continue to watch over us, eagerly waiting for a reunion beyond this realm.

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you so softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wished I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you that I’m not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, “It’s me.”

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over now … I smile and watch you yawning,
And say, “Goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out — then come home to be with me.

Colleen Fitzsimmons

The realm of pet memorial poems offers a poignant and heartwarming tribute to our four-legged companions. Through the evocative verses, we're transported to a place called rainbow bridge, a paradise just this side of Heaven where all the animals find peace. As happy kisses rain down and the eager body quivers with joy, we're reminded that every animal that dies has a place in heaven's bright tomorrow.

These pet loss poems, whether they mention the green grass where they run and play together or the friend sunlight streams upon, all echo the sentiment that they're never just a pet but special friends awaiting a reunion. When burying a beloved pet, many find comfort in choosing a dignified pet casket or dog casket that reflects the love and bond they shared. These final resting places provide a secure and respectful burial, allowing owners to honor their cherished companions. Through the heartache of the loss of a pet, we find solace in the vision of that joyous day when you and your special friend finally meet and cross rainbow bridge, knowing that their memory is preserved with a fitting tribute.