The legendary actor read his poem titled "I’ll Never Forget a Dog Named Beau" on 'The Tonight Show' in 1981.
If you're an animal lover, get the tissue box ready. The legendary actor James "Jimmy" Stewart was known for his memorable roles in movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, and Vertigo. But did you know he had a passion for poetry? In 1981 he appeared on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where he read out a poem titled I’ll Never Forget a Dog Named Beau about his pet, reports Tree Hugger.
The veteran actor started off his poem by describing his dog's naughty personality. "He never came to me when I would call/ Unless I had a tennis ball/ Or he felt like it/ But mostly he didn't come at all. /When he was young / He never learned to heel / Or sit or stay/ He did things his way." Throughout the poem Stewart mentioned how his dog was never good at being disciplined but there were some things that his animal did that stole his heart, nevertheless.
Jimmy Stewart lost his beloved dog too soon with a terminal illness. After missing his dog for years he wrote a poem about his dog named beau. pic.twitter.com/Kkar2SskID— Frank Aiken a Patriot for Trump. (@awesomeaiken) May 4, 2022
"We are early-to-bedders at our house -- I guess I'm the first to retire/ And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me / And get up from his place by the fire / He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs / And I'd give him one for a while / He would push it under the bed with his nose / And I'd fish it out with a smile. And before very long He'd tire of the ball / And be asleep in his corner In no time at all/ And there were nights when I'd feel him Climb upon our bed / And lie between us / And I'd pat his head. / And there were nights when I'd feel this stare / And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there / And I reach out my hand and stroke his hair. / And sometimes I'd feel him sigh and I think I know the reason why. / He would wake up at night / And he would have this fear / Of the dark, of life, of lots of things / And he'd be glad to have me near / And now he's dead."
The audience is left stunned as the actor continued to read, his voice quivering and his eyes welling with tears. "And there are nights when I think I feel him / Climb upon our bed and lie between us / And I pat his head / And there are nights when I think I feel that stare / And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair, / But he's not there / Oh, how I wish that wasn't so / I'll always love a dog named Beau," he concluded leaving everyone including host Jimmy Carson incredibly emotional. Watch the full video below: