From where he plays she is the black dog.

Friend, protector, random barker, tail wagging Lego smasher.

From where she sits he is her job.

To protect, cuddle, lick, lean on and stare at with love.

From their perspective the world is very simple.

Eat, play, love, sleep start all over again tomorrow.

Sometimes they get busted for one thing or another.

It is a part of life. Both boy and dog. They move on.

When they play, they play hard.

When they sleep, they sleep hard.

The bigger the laugh the harder the tail wags.

The more the tail wags the more he laughs.

Her joy feeds upon his, his upon hers.

Around and around. Until they sleep.

Crashing in a sunbeam on a sunny winter day.

Nothing quite seems the same once you’ve seen life

from their angle on the floor.

Getting down with them to see, to play, to laugh

lightens the load of any heavy day.

God knows this. He gave us both to remind us

that joy should be sought after.

He gave us both to remind us of

perspective. Β His, ours, theirs.

Who is being blessed?

Who is doing the blessing?

Does it matter when boy and dog

have rescued one another

and have nothing but

an easy comfortable





  1. February 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Just lovely… animals give so much and know so much, it is a beautiful bond that children have with their dogs.

    • shanyns said,

      February 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Thanks! They do give us so much, and seeing our son with his dogs, horses, cows and cats is a wonderful thing to behold.

  2. brian miller said,

    February 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    joy should be sought after…i grew up with a pups…he died when i was still young but he was my first best friend….smiles..

    • shanyns said,

      February 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Brian it is a special thing to have an animal as your first best friend. πŸ™‚ We’ve lost a few but we still have them. Can’t be without them it seems!

  3. Other Mary said,

    February 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Awww, that’s so sweet. I had a big black lab, Maggie and a little boy, Mike. Now Mike is bigger than me, and sadly Maggie has passed away. It’s a very special love between child and dog, and you describe it so well.

    • shanyns said,

      February 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Mary – thanks for coming over. It is amazing to see their bond, isn’t it? So glad you enjoyed the poem.

  4. Kelvin S.M. said,

    February 13, 2013 at 4:58 am

    …aww… what a wonderful relationship…and yes animals are wise companions… smiles

  5. February 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Beautiful πŸ™‚
    I love the image of the lego smasher πŸ™‚

  6. claudia said,

    February 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    so nice..i had a dog when i was a teen…my best friend at times…his name was teddy..smiles

  7. lucychili said,

    February 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    yes i think dogs are great company

  8. February 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Animals are truly amazing. Nicely written

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