Sunday, 28 February 2010

Video: Johnny Carson - Jimmy Stewart - Beau Poem



H/T Shelly

26 comments:

Flocko said...

What a wonderful tribute! And providing Jimmy Stewart the opportunity to express love and grief for his dog Beau shows us who Johnny Carson really was. Johnny was one of a kind, with a huge capacity for both comedy and compassion. He was a gracious host, and not afraid to present serious, sad, or sensitive subjects to his audience. Neither Johnny nor Jimmy can or will be replaced.

TheGreenDog said...

How great this clip is!! Anyone who has ever owned and loved a dog, or any pet for that matter, can surely appreciate this :) It is wonderfully moving. Thank you so much for posting it so we can all see and share it!

thegreendog said...

How great this clip is!! Anyone who has ever owned and loved a dog, or any pet for that matter, can surely appreciate this :) It is wonderfully moving. Thank you so much for posting it so we can all see and share it!

Connie said...

What a touching tribute, especially having just recently lost our own beloved Beau (a beautiful Landseer Newfoundland who truely was named Beau!) God Bless the dog lovers of the world! And, thank you, Jimmy Stewart...

Jill said...

Saw Jimmy narrate this poem on TV many years ago and eventally managed to get a copy of his book of poetry that contained this poem. No matter how many times I see this clip it brings tears to my eyes. Everyone who has ever loved and lost a dog will know the awful grief it brings xx

Mik's $ Toy said...

Brings back memories of our dogs, a golden retriever, and a boxer & staffordshire terrier mix.

Miss Jimmy Steward as well. One of our great citizens and an honorably man.

maggee said...

Brings back memories of our dogs, a golden retriever, and a boxer & staffordshire terrier mix.

Miss Jimmy Steward as well. One of our great citizens and an honorably man.

maggee said...

i think that is so sad.... but there are parts that r real funny and i could not understand him and i thought he said NIG~~R... whoops

DakWolf said...

A true gentleman, and one of the great Warrior-Poets of all time.

We will all miss him dearly.

Anonymous said...

That dog needed the Dog Whisperer real bad!

HFroese said...

Jimmy Steward that was so beautiful. It made me think of my beloved Dog Shelby, she was a chocolate lab Chow cross.I miss her dearly, I felt love and protected by her. Someone gave me this poem and it help me to think of her in Rainbow Bridge. RIP my Shelby.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

MIKI said...

I FEEL THE SAME ABOUT MY PUNKIN, SHES 13, I FEEL HER AGE AS IF IT WERE MY OWN... I KNOW HER TIME IS COMING, AND AS I PAY FOR HER ARTHRITIS MEDS, AND CARRY HER UP THE STAIRS I KNOW I HAVE TO PUT HER DOWN, EVENTULLY! I LOVE THIS DOG MORE THAN ANY PERSON INCLUDING FAMILY, I DONT THINK I CAN SURVIVE THIS ALONE! THANKS FOR THE VIDEO LENNY.... LOVE YOU FOR THAT!

Susie said...

As Jill above said, I do know what it is like to lose a pet and the grief it brings. I have lost a number of my beloved dogs. I couldn't help but think of my long ago dog sweet Sparkey, my precious Candy, my sweet boy Dandy, and of course my little old lady Cassidy, that was lost 2 years ago. Her younger sister Cleo is now 10 1/2, and is starting to slow down. I'm just trying to take care of her the best that I can, because she takes care of me.

Jen Bogut said...

Always have loved Jimmy Stewart...always knew he was a good man...this just confirms it 1000-fold for me. Both he and Johnny were real men - real men love animals and can grieve for their losses.

Anonymous said...

Barb for Mel. Thank you all so much. I lost my husband a year ago now he is with his beloved german sheppard. They will wait together for me and our beloved blue healer. Thank you all.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Stewart was the first Hollywood actor to enlist at the beginning of WW2. He flew many combat misions over Germany. He lost a son in Vietnam and had to quit speaking, due to emotions, when addressing us vets at the dedication of the vietnam Memorial in 1982. He loved his wife so dearly, he became a recluse after her death. He loved his dog, his wife, his son and his country.. The man truly knew how to love. He will ALWAYS remain one of my heroes. A fine Scotsman. Rest in Peace Jimmy..I hope you are with Beau, your son and your wife....you sure deserve to be !

Anonymous said...

I have always enjoyed J. stewart in his movies, on the Tonight show-when it was the Tonight Show-he and J.c. were great together. His writings were wonderful, funny or touching. I feel he was a marvelous gentleman and we won't see his kind again, along with John Wayne.

I lost a Yellow Lab, Daisy, and numerous other pets, cats and dogs alike; and each time the loss hurt and took its toll. But for each one we lose--there is another castaway that some unkind person left to fend for itself, needing us. We can shelter them and heal not just ourself--but them, also.

Don Hepler said...

I lost my precious boy dog Boots in 1985,I lost my "Daddy's little girl" Cuddles in 2000.I am now on my third wonderful girl dog Brandi,she is 10 years old.I still shed tears over Boots and Cuddles and I hate the thoughts of losing Brandi.They are all part of the family and I pray that there really is a "Rainbow Bridge" where I can someday reach down and pet my "God love em " dogs. Thank you Jimmy Stewart you was one great man.
pappydon

J D Hare said...

My Mom;88, recently had to put down her best friend Albert. He could no longer hear or see well at all. They went through their daily routine of doing all the things partners do in caring for each other. Albert had to have a diabetes shot every day, a process that took several minutes. Most of that time spent reassuring each other that it was all right. Mom was devastated with his loss, but that evening people from all over came to the house offering their condolences. It became a wake that we all wish we will have.

Carrie said...

I have this poem on my dogs memorial website. 8 years later,my heart still breaks when I read this poem.... I still miss my Newfoundland, Beau.

hawaii50 said...

There was a commercial on TV many years ago that featured some long forgotten product. In the end Mr. Stewart, unseen says something, and a child's voice says, "oh, grandpa."
I'll always remember that commercial 'cause that was the time I was beginning to become a grandpa too.
It's funny that as many celebrities that Hollywood has produced over the years, none can match the character of Mr. Stewart.
Eddie

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Paris Hilton will do something just as classy when her purse pooch kicks he bucket.

Anonymous said...

My father's partner was Stewarts PR person so I was very lucky to have spent time with this wonderful man (and Gloria) (and dogs) when I was young.
Thank you for not letting this fade away.
I remember seeing the Carson show that night and having to leap out of bed for a tissue!!!
Many of Stewart's poem are very funny---can you find one of those???

Papa Ray said...

Much thanks from a guy who has many of his old friends waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge.

Don't get impatient my most loved friends, I will be there shortly.

Papa Ray

p38bob said...

Jimmie Stewart was also a fellow ret Brig General USAF. I met and talked with him quite a few times. He was as genuine as they come!
I flew fighters and Gen Stewart flew bombers. Flying those birds took a lot of guts.
we also shared a Scottish heritage but we were and will always be Yankees through and through.
God Bless our fallen comrades
chk6
bob

Anonymous said...

It has been many years since our Edie died. This made me miss her again and reminded me of the love a pet can bring you.