Pet Loss Grief Poem

'The Last Battle'

Pet loss grief poem ‘The Last Battle’, one of the most well known of the pet loss poems, is a poem about that evitable time we all know we have to face but secretly dread.

Written from the pets perspective it is one of the dog poems intended to quash and absolve all those inevitable feelings of guilt and doubt we all must face when considering and dealing with euthanasia.

You can never really avoid the feelings of guilt and doubt and wondering ‘did I do the right thing?’ as you will read in the ‘Stages of Grief’ pages on this site, but hopefully this poem will bring you some comfort at those times.




The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this, the last battle, can't be won.


You will be sad I understand,

But don't let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.


We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.


Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,

Only, stay with me till the end


And hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree,

It is a kindness you do to me.


Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.


Don't grieve that it must be you,

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We've been so close,we two, these years,

Don't let your heart hold any tears.



Author Unknown


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