Friday, February 17, 2012

The love of a dog

This past week I finished a commissioned painting for my blogging buddy Terah.  She recently
lost "Tip" her four-legged dear friend. In honor of her dog and all of the loyal furry-friends out there that make each of our lives so much better, I offer this poem by the poet Edgar Guest.

A Dog

"Tis a pity not to have a dog, 
for at the long day's end, 
The man or boy will know the joy, 
Of welcome from a friend.

 And whether he be rich or poor, Or much of little bring, 
The dog will mark his step and bark, 
As if he were a King.

Though gossips whisper now and then, of faults they plainly see, 
And some may sneer, from year to year, 
My dog stays true to me.

He's glad to follow where I go, 
And though I win or fail, His love for me he'll let me see, by the wagging of his tail.

Now if I were to list the friends of mine in smiles and in tears, Though through and through are staunch and true, 
And constant down the years,

 In spite of all my many faults, 
 which critics catalog, deserving blame, I’d have to name my ever-faithful dog. 
"Tis pity not to have a dog, 
Whatever be his breed, 
for Dogs possess a faithfulness, 
 which humans sadly need.

And whether skies be blue or gray, 
Good luck or ill attend, 
Man's toil by day, a dog will stay, 
 His ever-constant friend...


Edgar Guest

Visit Terah's blog and read about true love...the love of a dog...This old dog


Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Crystal, what a beautiful painting and how sweet of you to make this for your friend at her time of need. Excellent work and the poem is so true ! Wishing you a great weekend


Anonymous said...

very kind of you!

craftattack said...

So true, thanks for sharing! Valerie

maddyrose said...

A beautiful painting and wonderful poem make this a lovely post. Have an amazing weekend.

Maria's Watercolor said...

Wonderful, love the kindness in the eyes, and the perfect poem.

Netty said...

Your painting is so beautiful. Your friend is going to love it. x

Heather said...

oh wow! Crystal this is beautiful!!!!! I so love this!
happy PPF to you! xo

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful gift for your friend Tara, its beautiful

NatashaMay said...

That is a gorgeous dog portrait! Love the poem, too. :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Oh Tip looks just like a dog we had in our childhood. he was handsome too! How wonderful for Terah to have a beautiful memento! Patsy from

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful painting ~ awesome ~ Love the poem and hugs to you and your friend ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

Cowgirl Red said...

Crystal, I'm so happy to be getting the portrait of Tip and the poem says it all. You are a gifted artist. Much gratitude. xoxo Terah

brendathour said...

What a beautiful pet portrait. It was a joy to see. So sorry about your friends loss. These furry little friends are so precious.
Happy PPF!

Rita said...

Oh, Terah should love this!! Wow! And the poem is a perfect companion to the picture. :)

Christine said...

Your dog portrait is absolutely beautiful and so is the poem!

Judy Adamson said...

Lovely painting, Crystal! (I've 'pinned' it so that I can look at it often and share it with others).

That's a good poem too - although I'm more of a 'cat person'. I have another poem by him on my fridge, first line, 'Somebody said it couldn't be done . . .' So you can guess it's a motivational one!

Magic Love Crow said...

Crystal, your painting is beautiful! You've captured "Tip" perfectly ;o) I love the poem! Beautiful!
(I am so sorry for what happened to you at your store! Big Hugs!)

Anne said...

Lovely poem & that painting is gorgeous.


Faye said...

Dear Crystal, what a beautiful dog portrait and such a touching poem! All of us who have loved and lost a canine friend appreciate your post today.

Christine Bennett said...

It's a lovely portrait Crystal. You captured his eyes so well - so soulful!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Just admiring your beautiful artwork and I enjoyed this poem. These dogs are very special. I had one as a child.

Geckostone said...

Your portrait of Tip is beautiful, what a perfect keepsake to remember a treasured friend. The poem is wonderful!

Debbie said...

Great job with this portrait. It's beautiful!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful painting and such a touching story!

Kristin said...

Awe, this is such a beautiful post, poem and story. You are a good friend and your painting is absolutely stunning. I love everything about this, xo

Daniella said...

Crystal, you did a wonderful job! I'm sure she will be very pleased.
That poem was so sweet! I know I love my mini dachshund "Zip"!!

EVA said...

Outstanding! What a gorgeous painting of what looks like a wonderful and adorable companion.

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