It's hard to believe that the little scrap of fur we brought home from a farm in Tiverton is six years old today, and utterly impossible to imagine our household without her intelligent, joyous, and goofy presence.
In honor of the occasion, here are links to some of my favorite poems about dogs...and I'd love to know yours.
"What the Dog Perhaps Hears" by Lisel Mueller
"Over and Over Tune" by Ionna Carlson
"Dog Music" by Paul Zimmer
"Dog Dreaming" by W.S. Merwin
"Dharma" by Billy Collins
"A Dog on His Master" by Billy Collins
"Walking the Dog" by Harold Nemerov
"The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz" by Alice Ostriker
"If Feeling Isn't In It" by John Brehm
"Mongrel Heart" by David Baker
...and selections from Mary Oliver's "Dog Songs."