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1001 Stories Collection

Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

1001 Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone Joe Caione
Added on 09th September 2020

Oral tradition Nursery rhyme

Animals Funny

A simple nursery rhyme about a lost dog.


Someone laments losing their dog.

Why we chose it

The song has proved very popular with children and is included in a number of nursery rhyme collections. It featured in the Nursery Rhyme room, which was part of our Time for Bed exhibition

Where it came from

It comes from a song written by American songwriter Septimus Winner in 1864. Winner set his text “Der Deitcher’s Dog” to a German folk tune. The original song was written in German dialect and started off by praising beer!

Where it went next

The song was rewritten in 1864 as a campaign song for the election of George B McClellan as US president and then again for Ulysses S Grant’s campaign.

Associated Stories

Dogs appear in other nursery rhymes – a little dog laughs in Hey Diddle Diddle and the child wants a dog in The Farmer’s In his Den. Old Mother Hubbard goes to the cupboard for her dog and The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly swallows a dog to catch a cat.

Dog are popular picture book characters from Eric Hill’s Spot to Mick Inkpen’s Kipper to Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary. There are disobedient dogs like Fred in Time for Bed, Fred by Yasmeen Ismail and dogs with extraordinary talents like Biff in Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp. And Emily Gravett’s Dogs simply celebrates dogs.

Added on 09th September 2020

Oral tradition Nursery rhyme

Animals Funny