"Billy Collins' poem, 'A Dog on His Master' takes us into the bittersweet heart of the relationship between a dog and its human."
“I love curling up on the bed with a good book and a bone. Billy Collins’ poem, ‘A Dog on His Master,’ resonates with truth, depth, and the transcendent nature of love. It left my heart feeling full and vulnerable.”

The love affair between us dogs and our humans can be intense, joyful, and bittersweet. We may be our person’s closest friend, their loyal and trusted companion, or their furry child. The poem “A Dog on His Master” by Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, is a wise and dedicated dog’s meditation on the poignancy of this deep love in the face of our canine life spans. Truly, love between a dog and its person is a sweet surrender.

A Dog on His Master

As young as I look,

I am growing older faster than he,

seven to one

is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number,

I will pass him one day

and take the lead

the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever manages

to cross his mind,

it would be the sweetest

shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.

~ Billy Collins