The Well-Worn Path

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by Dave Crawley

Dog Poems by Dave CrawleyYou scampered down this well-worn path
when you were just a pup.
And as we grew, I ran with you.
I struggled to keep up.

My legs grew long. Your legs grew slow.
You’re happy now to walk,
ignoring all those squirrels and birds
you once would chase and stalk.

And as we walk I think of all
the moments that we shared.
The day we found you at the pound,
you looked so small and scared.

The times I fed you table scraps
in spite of mother’s rule.
The days you greeted me with joy
when I came home from school.

And as we walk this well-worn path,
no longer running free,
I hope I was as good to you
as you have been to me.

Copyright © 2007 Dave Crawley. From the book Dog Poems. Boyds Mills Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's Poet Dave CrawleyKnown for his rhyming stories on KDKA-TV, Dave Crawley has branched out into children’s literature. Dave’s first book, the critically-acclaimed Cat Poems honors our feline friends. His second book, Dog Poems, was selected at one of “The best Children’s Books of the Year” by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee. Dave’s book of school poems, Reading, Rhyming and ‘Rithmetic received a starred review (“Highly Recommended”) from the Library Media Connection.

Dave also has numerous poems in nine anthologies: Rolling in the Aisles, If Kids Ruled the School, Miles of Smiles, I Invited a Dragon to Dinner, Peter Peter Pizza Eater, My Teacher’s In Detention, Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Pound A Poem, and What I Did On My Summer Vacation.
In addition, he has published dozens of poems in 13 national children’s magazines, including “Ranger Rick”, “Cricket”, and “Jack and Jill.”

Dave makes frequent appearances at area schools, reading his rhymes to poets of the future. To contact him about making an appearance at a school, email:

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4 responses to “The Well-Worn Path”

  1. Diane says:

    Dave, that was such an Awesome poem!! Had to get a Kleenex though as I my eyes teared up!! You are such an amazing person ( as is Laurel) when it comes to animals. I am a dog lover and Lucky Tiger has brought me to the point of loving cats……all animals actually!!!! Keep doing what you do, YOU do it best!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lynn says:

    I read this in a Starr Test I had given to some students years ago. I saved it as I knew my sons dog was going to die eventually of tumors in his mouth and I wanted to give it to him. The dog was a family favorite of all. He actually made it 3 more years and finally passed. I am going to put this poem in double frame along with his dog’s picture. It is so perfect.

  3. Janet says:

    My students are learning about Poems and I am reading this poem to them. What type of poem would you say this? Narrative or lyrical?

  4. Ava says:

    I don’t know where I first heard this poem. Today, it resurfaced in my memory. I can still recite the entire thing. It still fills me with happiness, and just a touch of sadness.

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