Pet Friend Poem

What We Can Learn From Our Pets

My poem was inspired by an article I read in a magazine; featuring a six-year-old boy's explanation why dogs don't live as long as humans. Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with biology; the real reason might surprise you...

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Lessons From Dogs

Bettina Van Vaerenbergh © more by Bettina Van Vaerenbergh

Published by Family Friend Poems June 19, 2022

Have you ever wondered
Why dogs don't live that long?
It's because their souls are true
And their love is strong.

Dogs give their heart away
Totally for free.
They love us as we are,

We people are slow learners,
So we need many years
To figure out life's purpose,
What we're doing here…

How to be gentle and kind,
And to be rich in love,
And how to live a good life -
Dogs know well enough.

Our loyal canine friends
Can teach us lots of things,
Like taking delight in nature;
The simple joy it brings.

Dogs enjoy the smell of grass
And the warmth of the sun.
They dig a restful midday nap
As much as a good run.

They're always very eager
To welcome a brand new day;
Always full of enthusiasm
For whatever comes their way.

All they ask is our attention;
Just a cuddle or a touch.
To be happy and content,
They really don't need much.

Dogs greet their special humans
Very passionate and loud;
They're not the least bit afraid
To let their emotions out.

No matter their age,
They keep a keen sense of play.
Dogs live mindful, in the now,
Seizing each and every day.

Dogs are always faithful;
The love they give is true;
That's why dogs don't have to live
As long as humans do!



Bettina Van Vaerenbergh lives in Belgium, a small country in Europe. She and her husband are happily married. They have one grown daughter, and they share their home with an adorable poodle. Her passions are Jesus, cooking great food, long nature walks, Belgian chocolate, and reading and writing poetry. She’d love to touch other people with her...

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