Precious Memories

My cousin Ed and I spent a lot of time together when we were kids and he’s like a brother to me. Of course, we live too far apart, and I don’t get to spend much time with him anymore, but life is what it is. Ed emailed me yesterday, with the sad news that his dog had died; she was only eight, and it was sudden and unexpected. Ed asked me if I could write a poem about her, and the following is what I came up with. Ed likes it, and I hope you enjoy it, too. You might want to have a tissue handy.

Precious Memories


You hear stories about a boy and his dog

How the dog goes everywhere the boy goes

And how they’re best friends and all

You see the light in the boy’s eyes; when he tells the funny stories


Like when the dog jumped out of the boat

Trying to bite the fish on his line

Or how that crazy dog would chase anything

If it moved, the game was on; never caught anything, but loved the chase


Always made him laugh when it was treat time

She’d sit at his feet, grumbling, ‘till he gave in

Too big for a lap dog, but she didn’t know it

Jump into his lap while he was taking a nap; some fireworks then!


He named her Precious, if you can imagine that

A grown man and his dog named Precious

But by gawd (something he says a lot)

That’s what she was to him, Precious; he don’t care what you think about it


You may have noticed the past tense

I’ve been using in this story

Well… excuse me while I swallow this lump

I’m that old man, ya see; and… well… Precious passed away last night

I’m gonna miss that dog

Copyright © 2011 C.Mashburn


  1. Karen & Tim Taylor said

    What a wonderful poem. I have lost a best friend too. Her name was Sadie Angel. The pain is always there when I think about my angel. She was my partner in crime for 8 years also. I loved her with my whole heart. I know the pain you are in right now, but it does ease with time. My prayers and thoughts are with you both at this time. Just remember all the great times you had together. We love you Eddy & Debbie!

    • Thank you for the heartfelt response to the poem, Karen & Tim. I now Ed and Deb will appreciate your prayers and thoughts.

  2. HI. Found you through Joyce de vivre. Love this poem. My dog, Kayla, died May 2010; so this touches my heart. I posted a couple articles about her back in the summer. Thanks so much for sharing your poem. I will make a point of coming back to visit soon.

    • Joyce is a peach! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Drusilla. I do hope you’ll visit again!

      • Bernadette said

        I also found your post via Joyce, it is amazing how we can find such amazing blogs, because someone thought that they would share it, I have found many blogs this way.

      • Awesome! Thanks!

  3. Sherry Mashburn said

    I believe that dogs are God’s angels in disguise. Sweet, sweet poem, Charlie. I know Eddie appreciates it.

  4. Morning said

    sweet and fun.

    a boy, a dog, they make lots of adventures and stories.


  5. ~L said

    😥 I’m sorry for your loss:(

  6. Awwww 😦 what a beautiful dedication and how you portrayed it all….loved it 🙂

  7. Faye said

    After loosing two precious dogs of mine – Stockings at 17 on March 28, 2007 and then Ace at 10 on October 18, 2010, I know the sadness that your friend feels. I still think about the sweet babies and the joy that they brought to me. I have pictures of both, Stockings collar and Ace’s foot prints to remind me of the. What wonderful blessings our pets are to us.

  8. okay, a piece on your death, leaving your beloved dog.

    powerful and haunting.

    well done.

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