The Joy of dogs


“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” 

― Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

At any given moment 
you must keep me in sight, 
lest you think I may slip away
like a dream of chasing hares 
on a summer’s day

But little Jax know 
I will always be here, 
to calm your fears
and keep you safe

Like a butterfly you flit 
from room to room 
then you race
to the wildflower garden 
with nose to the ground 
trying to pick up my scent 
to find out where I went

And when at last
you track me down
your treasure found, 
like a long ago buried bone
Oh what pure joy abounds!

Delight fills your sleek body
when you wag your curled tail
You put on such a show 
panting and dancing
those dark eyes smiling
as you share with me 
your complete happiness

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Oh the joys of owning a new puppy! He is filling my every thought at this moment, and lately my poetry is reflecting these joyous times. It’s so nice to truly laugh again.

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

11 Comments on “The Joy of dogs

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  2. His joy is so lovely………..from his lonely cage to your warm home and hearts…………how totally ecstatic he must be!

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  3. A beautiful poem, Linda! So happy to learn of your new puppy, Jax!! Once you’ve experienced the unconditional love from a dog, life just isn’t the same without one to love!
    So Thrilled for you, Linda!
    xoxox 😘💕🌹

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