Songs About Dogs for When You Lose Your Dog

Updated on June 4, 2019
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I've owned pets most of my life and volunteered many hours to help others. I've written on topics regarding their welfare for over 10 years.


Remembering the Good Times and Honoring the Love

For many people, a pet is not just a pet. A pet is part of the family and to lose one can be crushing. Making the decision to put a dog or any other animal down is painful, but just as with any loss, it's important to hold on to the memory of the wonderful life you shared and the loving bond that will never be broken.

Music can be one way of dealing with this loss. Below, you will find dog songs that tell stories that are likely similar to your own—stories of living and loving a dog and then trying to go on after they are gone. Sometimes, knowing that your experience is shared can help.

In addition, you will find a handful of songs that may not have been written specifically about dogs, but they express some of the feelings one experiences when their companion passes on. They can give voice to the sadness, a reminder that your love goes on, and a chance to say goodbye with all of the gratitude your friend deserves.

The songs below may not be top hits or even current tunes, but they can provide the inspiration needed to fully experience our feelings, cope, and heal.

Stories About Good Dogs Who Are Gone

"It's Just a Dog"

In 2016, Mo Pitney recorded It's Just a Dog. It's all about grieving the loss of a best friend. The song tells the story of finding "his girl" as a stray in the rain, her ever-present companionship thereafter, and mourning her loss when she's gone.

Everyone who has ever loved a dog knows, they are never just a dog.


Apparently Henry Gross knows what it is like to grieve for a dog. In 1976, his song Shannon was popular. In it, a family finds itself mourning the passing of their dog. Gross reportedly had an Irish Setter named Shannon, but he wrote the song when he learned of the death of the Beach Boys member Carl Wilson losing his Irish Setter.

"Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old"

The shorter life-span of dogs has been the cause of a lot of grief. Luke Bryan's song Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old from 2015 tells the story of growing up with a dog, leaving home as a nearly grown adult, and leaving behind an elderly best friend.

"Better With You There"

Dan Reising wrote and performed a tribute to a dog as well. This is a simple tune that tells the story of a man who misses a long time friend. Any working adult can easily see themselves in the situation described in Better With You There.

"I Will Always Be With You"

From the movie All Dogs Go To Heaven 2, the song I Will Always Be With You pays tribute to a bond that can never be broken. It speaks to the true and constant companionship between a person and a dog and how death doesn't change that. Sheena Easton and Jessie Corti recorded this song in 1996.

"My Old Dog"

If you've had an older dog you've had to put down, you really should understand this song found on YouTube. The song My Old Dog is about alleviating the pain of a pet, dealing with the despair of that decision, and knowing that they will eventually be together again.


This is a bit of a cheat because the following video doesn't showcase a dog song. Instead, it is simply a poem written and orally presented by actor Jimmy Stewart, who was a major talent in the 1940s-1970s.

In 1981, Stewart appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and performed a heartfelt reading of a tribute to his dog Beau. Both Stewart and Carson are genuinely affected.

"Cracker Jack"

A true country tune, Cracker Jack is a Dolly Parton song from 1974. It's the reminiscing of an adult who fondly remembers her childhood best friend, a dog named Cracker Jack.

"A Dog's Heart"

Another country gem on YouTube, A Dog's Heart from CRD Creative sings the praises of dogs and the gifts they bring us. In the end, of course, the dog is gone and we are left with the valuable lessons we learned from them.

"If I Could Talk"

This is another cheat, but it's a fitting way to end this particular collection. In the short film If I Could Talk, we see the bond between a dog and a man (and later a family) grow from puppyhood to old age. We see the final moments. But more importantly, we see the critical message that not only has a dog filled our lives with joy, love, and life lessons, but we have given him a full and joyous life as well. It's a message that anyone who has loved and lost a pet needs to understand.

Songs That May Give a Voice to Your Feelings

"I'll See You Again"

In I'll See You Again by Westlife you can reassure your heart with the thought that your companion is not truly gone from you and that you will be spiritually reunited one day.

"I Will Remember You"

Sarah McLachlan's I Will Remember You may serve as a way to express your desire to keep your pet alive in your heart. Any time a loved one passes, reliving memories of them allows us to continue to experience their love.

"You're Missing"

Bruce Springsteen's You're Missing describes how life goes on but things aren't the same, someone is missing and it creates a hole in your life. While so many people may not understand the grief of missing a pet, this song puts words to that feeling of loss.

"Because You Loved Me"

Dogs give us all of their happiness, energy, unconditional love, and much more. Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion is a song that puts our gratitude for all they share with us into words.

"This Is Not Goodbye"

Sidewalk Prophets' This Is Not Goodbye is another potential dog song for those grieving the loss of a pet even if that's not it's original intent. It is about bidding a gentle goodbye to a companion or loved one.

"Goodbye My Friend"

Goodbye My Friend by Linda Ronstadt is about the loss of a friend, accepting the uncertainty of life, and death. It tells us that the love we shared and time will ease the pain. It's not unusual for grief to linger, but being able to move forward and find joy in what was can be a healing force.

© 2018 Ruth Coffee

Do You Have Songs That Have Helped You Through the Loss of a Pet?

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      2 months ago

      My baby boy just past away last August 02. He was 11 yrs old a Siberian Husky he was the love of life. We are so heartbroken. Everytime I see photos of him in my house my tears flow. He left us a big hole in heart . I don't think my life is the same with out him. He was a very special boy. Every day since he left we always think of him me and my husband he was our first and only pet child. Too many good memories our house is so empty right now. The pain is very deep it was so hard to describe . If there is a word above pain that's what we feel right now.

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      4 months ago

      I lost my dog 3 days ago because of a sudden illness. In less than a week, he went from healthy to dying, so we had to put him down. I am so hearbroken and miss him so much, he was always beside me. I know that time heals everything, but right now, it seems impossible to bear. Thank you for your suggestions, they do help. Especially the Bruce Springsteen's You're missing, and some songs mentioned by Bruce in the comments were actually pretty accurate.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      4 months ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I've very sorry to hear about your loss. While dogs can't verbalize their feelings the way we can, our hearts speak the same language. I am certain she knew how important she was as a family member. Just as with the loss of anyone important to you, be sure to take the time to talk about it with those you trust, your family, and if necessary a counselor or other pet lovers online.

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      Victoria Tidmarsh 

      4 months ago from Birmingham UK

      I'm so lost and empty right now our dog Yoshi was put to sleep on 24th of May she was 16yrs and 8 months old my husband had had her from 6 weeks old and she had been a part of my life for 13 yrs my children have never known life without a dog. My heart breaks even thinking about her. I miss her so much

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Ruth Coffe, your comment noted.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      6 months ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Naa, I'm so sorry to hear that your dog is gone. We can never keep them long enough. I hope in time you will remember mostly the love. As much as you loved your dog, he loved you right back.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, naa, sorry for the loss.

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      6 months ago

      my dog died today ,my heart is broken and i really miss him

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      7 months ago

      Two songs I have recently found are Chasing Butterflies by Frankly Speaking and Without Words by The Spectra 2014 Singers. Both are so good, but so heartbreaking too, lots of love. It has been almost 2 years since I lost my boy, and this morning it just hit me really hard as if I had JUST lost him. Blitz was everything good in my life.

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      Carolina Mejia 

      16 months ago from Mexico

      The poem is really sad it really made me tear up

    • RuthCoffee profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruth Coffee 

      16 months ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Here in the US, people most often keep dogs as companion animals. Many kids grow up with one and single people and the elderly often find them to ease loneliness. Many of us become emotionally attached to them, so the death of a dog is a cause of grief.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      16 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello Ruth Coffee, thanks a lot. I do not own a pet dog or any other pet. But I recalled I kept domestic fowls as an hobby a log time ago.

      If these are gone, they are gone because I and others like you used them for food. Those has not the sense of companion-love like a good dog.

      But I am an avid reader. So why should not I read your interesting hubs? Two, I like singing but I am not a singer. Singing odd songs at times can create inspiration, mental enhancement and so on.

      Thanks again, and happy hubbing.


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