Some dogs are scary.
You have to be wary.

Some dogs are fat.
They could squash you flat.

Some dogs are tiny
and yappy and whiny.

Some dogs are old
and can’t do what they’re told.

Some dogs are jumpy.
They make me feel grumpy.

Some dogs are fast.
I just watch them run past.

Some dogs are busy
and rush round till they’re dizzy.

But my dog is great.
She’s my very best mate.

© Kristin Martin 2015

This poem also appears on the website Australian Children’s Poetry as a Poem of the Day.

156 thoughts on “Dogs

  1. Hi Kristin,

    I loved your poem about dogs.
    I chose to read this because I love dogs.
    I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.


    • Hi George,

      Thanks for reading my poem. I’m glad you liked it. Have you tried writing a poem about dogs? I’d love to read it if you do.

      I used to want to be a vet too, but my problem was that I’m allergic to cats and dogs. I hope you become a vet one day.


  2. Hi Kristin
    This poem has a very catchy rhyming pattern. Also why is the word great in the last paragraph written in bold?

  3. Hi Kristin
    I really like this poem because it rhymes and I like dogs this poem also made made happy.What do you like a dog or a cat? Do you have any pets if you don’t which one would you want to have?

    • Hi Vinuk,

      I’m so glad my poem made you happy. That is the nicest compliment! I prefer cats to dogs, but I don’t have either because I am allergic to them! Our pets are a bearded dragon and turtles. Do you have any pets?


  4. Hi Kristin,

    I’m not much of a dog person but this poem made me see what a great companion these cuddly animals can be.


  5. This poem reminds me of my dog, Sadie, she is a mini. Schnauzer and is rather my best / (some times only) friend. Thank you 4 writing this poem, I enjoyed it very much

    • Hi Emma,

      Thank you for taking the time to write to me! Your dog Sadie sounds lovely. Pets can be very good, loyal friends. I hope you have some other good, loyal friends in your life too. I’m sure there are lots of wonderful friends waiting to meet you.


  6. Hi Kristin,
    When I get older, I really want a Siberian Husky! Right now, we have a pet Lhasa apso. Her name is Sanddy. I love all animals though, so I don’t mind what pet I have when I get older!


  7. Hi Kristen,
    I like this poem, I found it funny. Alot of the poem reminds me of my two dogs, Lily & Bella. Lily definately is fast & often runs around until she is dizzy. I love dogs

  8. Hi Kristin
    I like your poem about dogs because they are funny and they rhyme.It made me laugh when I read it.
    When I was little I used to be scared of dogs but when I got older I started to like them.
    From Caitlyn

    • Hi Caitlyn,

      I am so glad my poem made you laugh. Laughing is one of my favourite things!

      I used to be scared of dogs too, but I’m not any more, just like you.


  9. Hi Kristin, I chose your poem because I love dogs. We used to have a dog called Emma, she was a really friendly dog. You wrote: some dogs are old and don’t do what they are told. This reminded me of Emma. When she needed a bath she didn’t listen to us and tried to run away from us!
    I liked how you described lots of different dogs and what they do. I also liked how you rhymed your words. Your poem made me feel happy!

    • Hi Ruby,

      Thanks for your comment. It made me feel happy!

      Your old dog Ruby sounded lovely. Old dogs don’t have to do what they’re told, they can just do what they like.


  10. Hi Kristin,
    I chose this poem because I have a dog myself and I wanted to see what this poem was about and if I would like it and I LOVE THIS POEM, it is so true and amazing. I can’t watch my dog run past me because she only likes to chase after me. I have a beautiful black Kelpie x colie called Rose. She loves to chase her tail and play fetch. she is a very kind dog who loves people, she is also is a rescue sheep dog.
    From Mishae

    • Hi Mishae,

      I’m glad you liked my poem.

      Your dog sounds adorable! I don’t really have a dog (I have 4 turtles and a lizard), but I like to make up poems about dogs.


    • Hi Addison,

      I’m glad I inspire you. Have you been writing poems? Or are you being creative some other way?

      I have to tell you something- I don’t really have a dog! I just made up a poem about one.


  11. Hi Kristin,
    I liked how you you said that some dogs are scary. You have to be wary and some dogs are fat. The could squash you flat, because it’s true!

  12. Hi Kristin,
    I love both you poems about Cats and Dogs !!! I am more a dog person though because I am also allergic to Cats !! It is a shame I am allergic to cats, cats are pretty cute !!! But I love dogs better especially puppies like who doesn’t like puppies ??? My brother says he doesn’t like puppies just to make me get worked up, but I know he has a soft side and loves dogs \ puppies ALMOST……. as much as I do !!!

    • Hi Clara,

      I like both cats and dogs, though I think I like cats more, but I can’t have either because I’m allergic to both of them!

      We have pet reptiles- turtles and a lizard. Do you have any pets?



  13. Hi Kristin
    That is so true my grandma had a dog and it would bite strangers and bark at them but my next door neighbors dog is sooo cute also I love dogs and I really happy you did a poem about them

  14. Hi Kristin
    I like that this poem is like a sequel to your last poem, Cats. So creative and imaginative. I have to ask, do you like dogs? Because I love dogs!


  15. i really like your poem it is the coolest dog poem I’ve read so far
    i love dogs ( they are the best!)
    and again the poem is great 🙂

  16. This poem reminds me of being afraid of dogs as my cousin has a dog and he is a springaspanul which means he jumps and barcks a lot.(sorry about spelling)

    from Lily Regan

    • Hi Lily,

      Thanks for your comment. I am afraid of some dogs, especially ones that jump and bark a lot. But other dogs are lovely. That is why I wrote the poem.


  17. Hi Kristin
    I really like this poem as it is of my favourite animal. Well when I was younger I was scared of dogs because we were at a friends house and their dog leaped over me which terrified me. But now I have overcome my fear and they have become my favourite animal.

  18. Hi Kristin
    I read 3 of your poems A night of frogs, yellow jack, and dogs. Dogs was my favourite poem and I think it really describes dogs my favourite verse was ‘ Some dogs are fat they could squash you flat ‘

    Thank you, Zavier

  19. Hi Kristin
    I loved how you mentioned your dog was is great and she’s your very best mate.
    I also love dogs.
    Thanks for the great poem.

  20. i love this poem as much as i love dogs and believe me i love dogs

    p.s i am part of the childrens university program

  21. Hi Kristen
    In that poem you showed the diversity of dogs in our world also how old and what is the name of our dog?

  22. Hi Kristin
    I read this poem by my self. It reminded me of when I got my puppy it’s name his Bentley he was so fluffy when he was born.
    In the poem I really liked the rhyming. I love the way you picked dogs alot of verses made me laugh like when it said some dogs are fat they could squash you flat. Overall I really loved your poem.

    • Hi Haydn,

      thanks for your lovely comment. I’m glad you like my poem, and that you read it all by yourself. Are you on school holidays at the moment? I am! (I’m a teacher as well as a poet)


    • Hi Amelia,

      Thanks for your comment. Dogs are a lot of responsibility. I don’t have one, but I like seeing other people’s dogs. Dp you?


  23. Hi Kristin, I really enjoyed your poem about dogs, it made me think about when we got our puppy. My brothers and I really wanted a dog for such a long time and finally one day my mum and dad surprised us with a puppy. When he was little we didn’t know what he would be like. As he grows his personality is starting to shine, he is cheeky and cute, loves shoes and sitting by the fire and he can run really fast. All dogs are different but we love our dog the best.

    • Hi Annie,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Your dog sounds gorgeous. Have you ever written a poem about him? I thought your descriptions would make a good start to a poem.


  24. I love dogs too. I wish I had a dog. We look after dogs sometimes for friends and I love taking them for walks and playing ball with them

    • Hi Reid,

      Thanks for your comment. It’s nice that you can play with your friends’ dogs. I don’t have a dog either, but I like seeing other people’s dogs.


  25. Dogs are scary because they bitten me but they can be a good friends. I also like the sounds of this poem from Roshani

  26. Hi Kristen,
    I really enjoyed your poem about dogs. My family recently got a new puppy. His name is Jasper and he is a Golden Retriever. He is 4 and a half months old and gets up to lots of mischief!
    We love him though – he is really cute and I’ve taught him to do tricks like sit, drop, wait, and hold his paw out to shake our hands. It’s pretty cool!
    My favourite part of your poem is …
    Some dogs are busy
    and rush round till they’re dizzy.
    It reminds me of my dog when he runs in circles and tries to chase his tail!
    From Leo

  27. This poem shows that each dog is unique in its own way and I love the use of rhyme. Personally, I would like a small fluffy dog that is quite cute to look at. I don’t have any pets and I would love to have a dog.

    • Hi Chomilka,

      Thank you for your comment. A small fluffy dog sounds like a great pet to have. I don’t actually have a pet dog, I have turtles and a bearded dragon.


  28. I love the way this poem rhymes as well as the meaning behind it. The way animals can be so different in their personalities and behaviour. Your poem makes me think of how my dogs are so different from one another.

  29. hi Kristin,
    I really liked this poem. It reminded me of the 4 dogs my grand parents have in Sri-Lanka. 3 of them are dachshund dogs 1 is a Labrador. I love playing tag a wore with the Labrador.
    Kind regards Tirath.

  30. Hello Kristen! I am so glad you made a poem about dogs! Dogs are the best right? This poem makes me feel like a dog. I read your awesome cat poem and that one makes me feel like a cat! I had so much fun reading this poem that I kept reading it again and again and I couldn’t stop. Keep up with the good work Kristen!

  31. Hi Kristin
    I liked your poem. I’ve also read your cat one. I wish I had a pet but my mum says that it is too much work, but I think I can handle I just need to get the hang of it.
    From Lysha

  32. Hi Kristin
    I love this poem. It is just like the cat poem, which I love. So obviously I love this one too.


  33. Hi
    I really enjoyed the poem. I’m going to copy the poem to show my teacher and the classmates because it was funny.
    “Some dogs are busy
    and rush round till they’re dizzy”
    This part is my favourite

  34. to kristin
    i really love your poem about dogs because i really love dogs and this poem showed all dogs are different
    from charlotte

  35. Hi Kristen,

    I have a puppy that is really fast and is called Molly. She is 10 months old and is very silly. I also have to dogs that are tiny and very very VERY yippy and yappy. Also she is my very best friend that is not at school, because we play together take walks and well everything together except sleep because she would be hurt if she slept with me.

  36. Hi
    I know a dog who is tiny and yappy and whiny. I also know a dog that is jumpy and makes me grumpy she is also really fast. My puppy is the best.Her name is Milly.

  37. you do amazing poems and your a great aurthor. You came to Prospect Primary School, you came to room 7 and 8 on 12/9/16. you are an fantasmagosmical rhyming person. by Emma

  38. Hi Kristin i have a dog as well as your friend’s dog. Mine is a lovely Chihuahua called Billie, she’s one of a kind. BTW you are a teacher in my school F.N.P.S. From Cameron

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