In 1981, Jimmy Stewart, star of classic Westerns, screwball comedies, numerous Alfred Hitchcock movies, and the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he delivered a touching tribute to an important figure in his life: his dog Beau. 

“He never came to me when I would call, unless I had a tennis ball … Or he felt like it,” began the touching poem. Stewart’s poem is full of love and wit, and Stewart himself gets choked up reading about his beloved golden retriever. The poem, entitled “Beau,” was later published in the 1989 poetry compilation Jimmy Stewart and His Poems. Check it out above.

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