2nd Annual Puppy Love Poetry Contest

Valentine’s Day 2012
By The Bark Editors, January 2012, Updated June 2021

Roses are red, Violets are blue. So many odes to your dogs, we had to pick a few!

We loved reading the dog poetry submitted to the Bark Puppy Love Poetry Contest on Facebook so much that we had a hard time selecting just one winner. So we finally decided on three winners!

Congratulations to Paula Mahon, Edie Houlihan Elting and Debra Ducotey for their winning entries below.



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When from my work, I’ve reached home’s door

I see the dog whom I adore.

Chestnut eyes of meek devotion,

tail which wags in constant motion,

coarse long fur of brown, black, white,

mouth which smiles with great delight, 

I know exactly what you’d say,

“I’ve missed you, mom; now let’s go play.”

—Paula Mahon

Dear Karma,

Roses are red,
violets are blue;

I can’t imagine my life without you. 

—Edie Houlihan Elting

I Will Always Remember

Written in loving memory of Sasha, my “Yellow Mutt”

A visit to the shelter

I saw you behind that gate

You didn’t even realize

Your impending fate

The day I brought you home

So happy and running free

I knew at that moment

It was meant to be

Always by my side

Never letting me down

Staring at me to play

Eyes innocent and chestnut brown

Your soft golden fur

Those goofy-looking ears

Made me smile everyday

And all throughout the years

That visit to the doctor

I was in disbelief

Not realizing that day

I would experience so much grief

You never gave up

We fought the cancer together

There were times during that last year

I thought you would live forever

The worst day of my life

All I could do was cry

Your body weak and frail

It was time to say goodbye

I miss you so much

At times my heart aches

When I see your photos

A feeling of happiness and joy overtakes

So many special moments we shared

Memories that will never fade away

I will always remember

The rainbow I saw your last day

Love your guardian, your Mom

—Debra Ducotey

The contest ended February 14th, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 68: Jan/Feb 2012

Image: iStock