Canine Related Poetry

But 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




Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;
But you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.

~Douglas Mallock


...the poor dog, in life the firmest friend
The first to welcome, foremost to defend.

                     ~George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron




 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


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


'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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