Recently, a close friend lost a beloved pet. There were many questions. Does one mourn a pet? If so, for how long? Life goes on of course but do you move on without another animal or do you adopt a new one?
We all love our pets. We love our cats. We love our dogs. We’ve all heard the saying: “A dog is man’s best friend.” (Heck, for a single guy a puppy can be the best “wingman” ever this side of a baby.)
Our pets become our friends. For many of us they become members of our family. They become our children. Their loss is heartbreaking. This particular playlist is for those of us who love our dogs. In no particular order, here are some of the best songs about the loss of a dog.
“Shannon”—Our first selection was inspired by the pet insurance people at Pet Insurance University. Henry Gross wrote and performed the song and produced the single. It was about the death of Beach Boy Carl Wilson’s Irish Setter who was named Shannon. It went gold. It became a worldwide hit climbing to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one in Canada. The first album it was included on was 1976’s Release.
“And I Already Miss You”
“And I Already Miss You”– Singer-songwriter James Halifko originally submitted his song for another series. The song is “about bidding farewell to a loving pet.” It is a heartfelt song he dedicated to a late, four-legged friend and family member. It was released online in 2012.
“My Old Dog”
“My Old Dog”—This song is reportedly by Ron Tankersley. It features Greg Marsh, Jeff Wolinski, Jeff Bober and Greg Fenlon presumably as his backing band on the track. Released online in 2013, little else is known about the song except it is available as a single on Amazon. YouTube contributor “Theronniebuss” provided this one.
“Old King”– John Haburay and Jay Kenney both enjoy the song “Old King” by Canuck Neil Young. It’s off the studio album Harvest Moon released in 1992. The song is a tribute to Young’s late dog Elvis and helped win him the 1994 Juno Award for album of the year.
“Mr. Bojangles”– Johnny Wood enjoys “Mr. Bojangles”, “particularly the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band version”. This is a song about a man who loved his dog so much he was mourning him two decades after the dog’s death. Written and recorded by country crooner Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 eponymous album, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band covered it for their 1970 LP Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. In 1971 the single hit number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.