To Bury a Dog

The Best Place To Bury A Dog

Ben Hur Lampman
Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925

But there is one best place to bury a dog.

If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call—come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well remembered path to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they shall not growl at him nor resent his coming, for he belongs there.

People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them.

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.

The above is a piece I’ve had in my files for a long time. I’ve always loved the sentiment. The copy in my files was credited to author and noted sports fisherman, S. Kip Farrington Junior (1905?-1983). But in trying to verify that for this page, I found that the actual author is Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954). The piece comes from his column in the Portland Oregonian.


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