Getting Past Pet Loss: Inspirational Poems

Coping with the grief after losing a pet can be a difficult thing to do. Those experiencing pet loss need to arm themselves with their toughest defenses because outliving a pet is a heartbreaking situation. The loss of any type of pet – guide animal, police animal, companion animal or other, is a devastating loss of a best friend.

The deep emotional bond one shares with an animal is hard to put in words. Whether you are grieving, or sympathizing with someone who is, take a soul-soothing journey through the pet loss poetry on this page. Pet loss poetry serves a dual purpose: it’s healing and supportive at the same time.

Feel free to comment and share with others experiencing pet loss.

The Power of the Dog

When the body that lived at your single will
When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone wherever it goes–for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear

A  Poem for the Grieving…

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…

The words inspired by Misty Blue, a retired racing greyhound may also be comforting.

Other good resources:
Four Paws in Heaven
My Pet Loss

If you happen to be comforting someone else through their tough time, try sending a little pet loss gift to show your support. Framed pictures are always a nice gesture. Surprise them with a note in their inbox to cheer them up; there is a wide variety of pet loss cards available online. A loss of a pet eCard might brighten their day a bit and let them know you are sympathizing with them.

Other uplifting gifts for pet loss include donations to an animal welfare groups like the Fund for Animals (which allows you to “adopt” a specific animal with your donation), In Defense of Animals, or a shelter in your area.

29 Responses to “Getting Past Pet Loss: Inspirational Poems”

  1. The Man says:

    This poetry is very soothing, thanks for posting it. I have a friend who just lost a dog and that Rudyard kiplng poem is perfect

  2. ashly says:

    My Uncle’s dog just died and I came across this looking for something to say to hijm. Thanks for posting…

  3. Dean says:

    The loss of a pet, especially one that has been a part of your family for many years is traumatic.

    I think as a society we don’t support people in this circumstance enough.
    We should be encouraged to express our grief for our passed pets.

    Sites like this help raise awareness of this need. Thanks very much.


    • jeanette says:

      MY husband and kids and I just lost our dog of 13 years.It has been the worst thing I have ever been through.She was one of our kids!! I think about her all the time.Its so hard to come home and her loving face is not there!! Rest in peace Shadow we love you so much mamma!!

  4. […] … I have a friend who just lost a dog and that Rudyard kiplng poem is perfect. ashly says: … Paws in Heaven Poetry IndexAt four paws in heaven you can place a free online memorial tribute […]

  5. Jules says:

    Three months ago Mo, my shih-tzu passed after us being together 9 years. My heart aches everyday. Four Paws In Heaven…..I Stood By Your Bed Last Night…..tears rolled like he just passed. Thank You.

  6. pat A says:

    I am having a terrible time with my grief.Mourning alone is so very hard.

    I copied and pasted the poem “I Stood By Your Bed Last Night” to keep on my computer and to send to my friend and my daughter. We’ve all lost dogs recently.

    My dog, Fayeroe, was such a large presence in our home that the emptiness is loud. The constant thinking that I am going to see her or let her in or feed her is so hard. She died suddenly at 7 years of age without any sign of illness. I buried her in the garden and am planting all sorts of flowers and vines on her grave.

    I hope that if you read this you will know that others are thinking of your sorrow and grief. The only way I can get through this alone is to know that there are people that I do not know and we share our pain on the internet.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Dear Pat,
    I lost Speedy, my miniature pinscher, three weeks ago. He was my first dog eventhough I was 50 when I got him.

    I am still very sad, and hear his little click-clack of paws on the floor, as if he’s just coming in from outside. He went very suddenly and I came home from work to find him on the couch. No good bye to say, or I love you. I didn’t even know that he had heart disease and blame myself for that, although he didn’t appear sick, except for coughing.

    He went everywhere with me. He would sit next to me when Extreme Home Makeover came on and when I started to cry, he would get up on my lap and lick the tears from my cheeks. He was my soulmate for ten years.

    I kept battling with myself about getting another dog. I do have a dachsund which was Speedy’s pal, and she misses him too. I think I just wanted to fill the hole he left and relieve the grief.

    So, Pat, I do share my pain with you – pain that I can’t share with other people that don’t know how it feels. Bless you and keep you.

    • Susan says:

      I so understand what you are going through. I had to put my Maxine down just a few days ago. I miss her with all my heart and look for her everywhere, She was always by my side and followed me everywhere. I called her my shadow. Not everyone understands what it means to lose a best friend. Dogs love you unconditionally and never argue or hurt you, so they can mean more to us than any person ever will. I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I find it helpful to remember all the happy times and not focus on the horrific death. I figure having and losing a dog is like labor, it hurts like hell but you’d do it all over again. Your dog loved you, hang onto that love. May peace fill your soul with fond memories of your beloved pet.

  8. Misty says:

    Losing Diego,
    There’s a whole in my heart where a dog used to be. He’s nuzzled in my soul and always was a part of me. He had pain in his life and i knew what I had to do. But when I released him, part of me left too. The puppy that I cradled just 4 short years ago is a 85 pound lap dog that would lick all my tears away if he could. It’s my obligation to do whats best. When the vet took him away for the last time he looked at us with compassion and understanding. There’s a whole in my heart where my Boogie used to be.
    RIP Diego “Booger”

    My heart goes out to anyone whole has lost a loved member of the family. Pets may only be in our lives a short while but they will remain in our hearts forever.

  9. Losing Beauty says:

    Our 4 months old puppy was hit by a car today. We are all devastated by this loss. I feel like my heart has been torn in pieces. I can’t stop the tears. Beauty has only been with us for a short time but she certainly has a special place in our hearts. A member of my family have died and we are all grieving for our loss. RIP Beauty.
    Love from Pelenaise&Valentino

  10. Tiffany says:

    Loosing Missy was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced. She was our 10 month old Pomeranian/Chihuahua. A little over a month ago, she was hit by a car… My sister, brother, & I were there when it happened… It was so horrific… Words can’t explain what happened that night. Missy loved me more than anyone else. She was my sister’s dog. But to her, I was her mommy. One of the things that comforts me, is that we gave Missy ALL the love in the WORLD. To my family, she was everything. She was the happiest dog I had ever seen. She KNEW we loved her. She FELT our love. It’s only been a month and it feels like it was just yesterday that it happened… but it also feels like it’s been years since I last saw her. I miss her so much… I’m crying as I write this. Being the oldest of 4, I don’t like showing weakness in front of my brothers. So I can’t cry in front of them. I do my crying late at night, when no one hears me. What really gets to me is that… when people find out about your loss, they say: “It was just a dog.” They don’t understand the PAIN you’re going through.

    To those that have lost a pet, my heart goes out to you. It’s a terrible experience to lose a pet. Now I know the feeling… and I will never be the same…


    RIP Missy 08/15/08 – 06/18/09.

  11. Kt says:

    These poems really do help. Many poeple take the loss of an animal lightly when they have not experienced it. We put down Boots, my cat that has been in my family longer than me- I’m 17, she was 18- three months ago and I still have a horribly hard time with it. I will sometimes sit and expect to hear her meow or hear her pouncing aroung the house at night, or I will walk in the room where her litter box was and expect to get kitty litter on my feet, and I even momentarily will walk to where her food used to lay to check to see if she needs more. You don’t realize how much your pets needs become such a natural part of your daily routine and it makes it harder once you do. But these poems really help I read them whenever I start to miss her.

  12. Barb Ragusa says:

    I put my little shih tzu to sleep this morning, he was such a little trooper—he couldn’t walk for the last 2 years I’ve carried him everywhere! This weekend he looked at me with such sadness in his eyes I knew it was time…I just wish I could stop crying. He will be in my heart forever and ever.

  13. Stacey says:

    I cannot sleep tonight for my beloved angel of 9 years unexpectedly passed. A beautiful Chocolate Lab she was with more beauty on the inside that I had ever known for ones soul. I mourn her and regret deeply that I never had a chance to say goodbye. How do I sleep tonight? My heart hurts, it aches with the thought of never seeing her again. Thank you for this website, it lets me know that I am not alone during this painful time.

    • ann says:

      i really now how you feel had to put our darling westie scamp to sleep on monday and it is so very very hard he hag beenpart of our family for 14 yearshe was such a wonderful dog (the best) so gentle and bueatiful with everyone especially are 3 grandchildren,dont know how we are ever going to gt over the loss of him the house will never be the same he was my best friend i told him everything he was always there whenever you needed somebody was never to busyto give you a cuddle we all loved him so much, watch over us all scamp with the angels we will have another hug one day, we will treasure all our lovely pictures we will all miss and love you alwaysxxxxxxxxxx

  14. kim jackson says:

    I lost my new 7 and a half wk old long haired tea cup Chihuahua today.
    The pain is so bad even tho I only had her a wk and a half. 5 and before I list my9 and a half yr old Kong haired tea cup Chihuahua to acute kidney failure. I was told over n over a new puppy would help. So my husband bought me my new puppy Sasha. I loved her with ny whole heart and now its empty n broken. I will never forget her n thankful of the pictures I took. What a short life she had. She died in my arms as my precious did that is had for yrs. My mom said she was just a dog!!! Well not to me!! She was my heart!! A.d dint deserve this. I feel anyone’s pain who loses a pet!! They are more!!! Precious n Sasha your mom loves and misses you dearly and always,will!!

  15. Tracy says:

    my 8 year old daughter wrote this about our beloved dog, Hope.
    It makes me very sad to see you go,
    but you are going to a better place, I know.
    YOu will no longer have to walk in pain
    The sun is always shining and the clouds never pour rain.
    You can run and play
    and laze about in the sun all day.
    i really wish that you could stay
    but since you are going to Heaven anyway
    I have just one more wish
    could you please say hello to Oscar, my pet fish

    • Susan says:

      This is a beautiful poem! Well done! I’m sorry for your loss. I just lost my dog a few days ago and know the pain you’re going through. May God give you strength to get through your time of sorrow.

  16. Susan says:

    You were my favorite friend
    I loved you from the start
    You’ll stay with me forever
    Deep within my heart
    I wish I could bring you back
    If only for one day
    We’d walk and run and cuddle
    I’d take the time to play
    If I could have made you well again
    You know darn well I would
    To see your wagging tail and smile
    Forever if I could
    But God appeared and said
    Maxine come with me
    I’m thankful for His gift of you
    and all the memories
    And so with tears I say good-bye
    To my best friend tried and true
    God keep you well in heaven
    ‘Til I return to you
    -To my beloved Maxine 2000-2011-

  17. Laura says:

    I lost my baby girl Darby, aged 7, on the 24th August 2011, at 7pm. She was everything to me, my best friend, my soul mate, my shining star. She was a huge part of the family, made us laugh every day in and out. I cant handle the tears, the heartbreak and the lonleyness. Never Forgotton, My gorgeous baby girl Darby. <3 Always loved :') <3 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  18. andy says:

    i understand what youre going through..we lost our dog on feb.6,2010 of 14 years..she was my everything..she passed away on my lap on the way from the clinic..i miss everything about her,till this day i have a void in my heart and it hurts so much,i have another helps with the grieving process..i have her ashes in a little box in which it came’ll be fine,time heals all pain

  19. josephina /sandra says:

    we had to put our toby to sleep and that was the sad thing we have two more dog but our toby will always hold a big part in our heart

  20. Felioe says:

    I lost my dog on 10/30/11 …its killing me so much that sometimes I don’t no what to do when I’m home..i miss you so much diamond that if I can give away every thing I have just to have you back I will do it so fast I wish I can huge you right now & tell you what I always told you from day 1 that I love you so much…daddy & mommy miss you so much…

  21. My baby Precious went to heaven last week. She was
    almost seventeen. She was the love of my life. She
    was a tiny poodle and she liked to sleep under my
    pillow. She was small in size but big in presence.
    Our house feels so empty now. My heart breaks for
    her. I will never forget her and all of the happiness
    she brought to our family for so many years.

  22. demetrios says:

    few days a go my brothers dog die he wass from spain presa canario the best dog in the world he was 11 year old r.i.p. zino the dog if anny one wants to se pics let me know thanks and happy new years:)

  23. Amanda Hodges says:

    OnE Day I Walked Away From A Horrible Life With My X To Weeks Later I Get A Call I Never Want To Recieve Again. The Next Morning I Was Going To Get The Momma Cat And Her Too Babies ICouldn’t Get When I Left. We’ll I Have There Of Her Babies. But He And Two Of Her Babies I Left. I Was Coming Back To gGet And My Rabbit. My X Blew My Apt Up Killing All My Sweet Beautiful Babies. The Police An InvestigatoS Told Me How They Was Found I FeelTo My Knees. I Knew I Let My Babies Down. Ever Senice That Day My Soul Has Been Lost And Dead. I Can’t Eat Or Sleep My Babies I Don’t Understand Why…

  24. Rohit Kumar says:

    I also lost my bruno. I love my dog alot. I do not know how i lost him. Please god do no tgive such pain to any one.

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