Sonnet for Loving Old Dogs


To love these old dogs well, you must be careful:
They’ll stand out on a cold and rainy day,
Not making any sound to say they need you,
Just staring at the door that’s in their way.
They’ll play with you as they used to as puppies,
Nor show the joint pain they might have when done.
They need your close attention more than they did
When they were small and could come at a run.
These old ones need to know you will protect them,
They need your warmth in winter, snuggled up
And in the summer, too, they need you near them
To love them as you did when they were pups.
Old dogs, then, are the same as all of us,
And love transforms us all from beastliness.

About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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5 Responses to Sonnet for Loving Old Dogs

  1. artemisfoul says:

    Oh, this poem reminds me of my sweet little guy. We think he is thirteen this year. I also have been meaning to say: Thank you for helping me appreciate poetry again I had lost my taste for it over the years. Reading your work has reminded me how poetry can be bright, vibrant, and speak directly to our hearts….

  2. janemwoodman says:

    Oh, Sweetie, you have given me such a gift in this response! Papabear used to hate poetry even though his soul is full of it. He was taught badly. Now he likes it, but I’ve always figured he’d have to since most of it is about him! For you to say this is very, very meaningful. Thank you…and a gentle hug to your Old Dog, too.

  3. July Girl says:

    I have been so blessed to have loved two dogs from puppyhood through old age, and then two other dogs who already were elderly came into my life. There is something so deep about the trust and love that an old dog gives us, to always keep him safe and cared for until time to say goodbye. It is a privilege to feel that trust and love. Thank you for such a beautiful piece. I enjoy how you write in such a respectful way about your dogs.

  4. janemwoodman says:

    Thanks for your message. I do feel both love and respect for them. They are better than we are in some ways.

  5. janemwoodman says:

    Reblogged this on inlovelustandlaughter and commented:

    For the dog lovers recently come here:

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