Canine Related Poetry

sheltieBut never yet the dog our country fed,

Betrayed the kindness or forgot the bread.

~Edward Lytton Bulwer

When all the world is young, lad,

And all the trees are green

And every goose a swan, lad,

And every lass a queen;

Then hey for boot and horse, lad,

And round the world away;

Young blood must have its course, lad,

And every dog his day.

~Charles Kingsley

Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware

Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

~Rudyard Kipling

...the poor dog, in life the firmest friend

The first to welcome, foremost to defend.

~George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.

~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;

But you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.

~Douglas Mallock

Let sleeping dogs lie-

Who wants to rouse 'em?

~Charles Dickens

Therefore to this dog will I,

Tenderly not scornfully,

Render praise and favor.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

'Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark

Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as we draw near home;

'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark

Our coming, and look brighter when we come.

~George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

His friends he loved. His direst earthly foes-

Cats- I believe he did but feign to hate.

My hand will miss the insinuated nose,

Mine eyes the tail that wagg'd contempt at fate.

~Sir William Watson

 
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