"Epitaph to a Dog" is a poem written by the famous English poet Lord Byron as a testament to his beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain. The poem is etched onto one side of the monument he erected for his departed companion.
"Epitaph to a Dog" laments the death of a cherished canine companion. In the poem, Lord Byron refers to his dog as a firm friend. He mourns the loss of his honest heart. The lines, "The first to welcome, the foremost to defend," are sentiments shared by many dog owners. The intimate grief of losing a beloved dog is palpable throughout the poem, and the beauty and longing of the words speak to the grief many feel at the death of their own cherished companions.
There are many other poems dedicated to the loss of a pet, which can be accessed through websites such as PetLoss.com and Recover-from-Grief.com. Each site offers multiple results.