Little Boy Writes The Sweetest Poem To His Teacher After Her Dog Dies

The kindness of a child’s sympathy card has touched many.

By Catalina Barrios

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Credit: Instagram / @lucie.dunne


Losing a pet is one of the hardest things a pet owner goes through. We see our pets as wonderful companions that are by our side through all of the feels of life’s trials and celebrations. They get to know us very well. It is hard to come to terms with never seeing them again.

Thankfully during these difficult moments, we have the support of family and friends.

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Recently, Gemma Dunne, an elementary school teacher in Glasgow, Scotland had to deal with the loss of her beloved dog, Charlie. Dunne and her family adopted Charlie, a Golden retriever, as a puppy. Charlie was with the family for only 18 months when they found out he was suffering from an inoperable tumor pressing against his heart.


Funny and charming stories about Charlie had always been something that Dunne’s middle school students looked forward. One Monday, however, Dunne had to go back to school and tell her students about the loss of Charlie; she told them she had to put Charlie to sleep.  It was a heartbreaking and emotional talk for Dunne.


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Callum, one of the students in Dunne’s class, was deeply affected by this turn of events and wrote his teacher a heartfelt letter. It is adorable.

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“To Mrs Dunne, sorry if you don’t like it or makes you emotional.”


Get the tissues ready….

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There are few things more beautiful than the empathy of a child. The creativity of making a poem using the the letters of Charlie’s name is very creative. Well done, Callum!

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The elementary school teacher and dog owner read the card when she got home from school, and cried and cried.  Her daughter, Lucie, was so touched by the card that she posted it on Twitter.

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Within 48-hours of posting, it was liked more than 133,000 times and retweeted 25,500 times.”The strangest part is that people are calling me as if they knew Charlie. Charlie was just our big lovable dog and suddenly the world knows who he was. People are so sympathetic towards us,” said Dunne.

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The talented Callum finished his card by drawing some of Charlie’s snacks, saying that Charlie was a “great dog”.

Someone will be getting an “A” for awesomeness in his report card. You’re a great kid, Callum!