Faithful Friend

He sticks closer to me than any human.

Doesn’t judge me and takes me for who

I am. Ready to play frisbee toss and walk

the farmer’s fields looking for deer paths.


I am the Alpha of the pack, he is the Beta,

but he pays no mind to that, except when

correction is needed. Bad breath and

slobbering tongue do not stand in the way.


He squats on the grass and does his

business and then expects me to clean up.

which I reluctantly do since he doesn’t

use a litter box or know how to flush.


He wakes me up at 2 or 3 or 4 AM whatever

suits his fancy. He doesn’t mind that I cant

go back to sleep. But lays back down in his

corner and drops in to canine slumber.


He can be a royal pain. But all in all

I would not trade him for all of the

gold in the world. Or for a cat either.

11 thoughts on “Faithful Friend

  1. I loved “Faithful Friend” simple, straightforward and made me smile as you so well conveyed both the matter-of factness and acceptance of the canine as well as that of the person – each through the own lens and loving the other. made me smile – Thank you!

  2. I LOVE THIS! You’ve truly captured the beautiful relationship between dog and human, and that final statement speaks such a universal truth about “dog people” and “cat people”. 🙂

    1. Glad you liked this piece. Thank you. Had dogs for most of my life and actually have two of them now. Wasnt sure about putting in the cat part at first but glad I did.

    1. Glad you liked this poem Caitlin. Thank you. My wife and I have raised Border Collies since 1987 and currently have two 4 year olds. Brother and sister. I was almost afraid to add the cat to this poem as I was afraid I would hear from some cat people in the marathon:)

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