Ode to a Dog

  • Published on Feb 27, 2018
  • In which John talks about his family's dog, Fireball Wilson Roberts Green.
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  • Shawna Howley
    Shawna Howley 6 days ago

    Willie's song will always be my favorite

  • cluttered_sky
    cluttered_sky 25 days ago


  • Haley Wink
    Haley Wink Month ago

    Is willie okay? Does anybody know? 😣❤️

  • Vaibhav Sharma
    Vaibhav Sharma Month ago

    I am crying

  • Sarah P.
    Sarah P. 3 months ago

    My cat is almost totally unable to walk, and has a lot of neck pain. He's had a bad back for a couple years now, but it escalated all at once, 2 days ago.
    I've had him since before I can remember, and as I'm almost an adult, I've literally grown up with him. He's been my rock through every big change in life. He's such a cuddlebug, every time I was stressed or sad, I could hug him tight and hear him purr. It was one of the most calming feelings in the world.
    I love that cat more than words can describe. I don't know how I'll deal with his loss, the thought of it is unbearable. I know it's almost time, but I don't want him to go.

  • Error NameMissing
    Error NameMissing 3 months ago

    My partners dog passed away just the other day at the age of 15. She kept apologising for being upset, but its true that pets, dogs especially, are a part of the family. They seem, at least on some level, to understand and empathise our emotions. Can only hope they have a good life and know how happy they make us all. God Bless our doggy companions. ^.^

  • Jo Richner
    Jo Richner 4 months ago

    I also got my dog in 2008 and worry constantly about this. I saw a Ted talk about animal emotions and he said that not animals have them so assuming humans are the only one with them is wrong. So your right that he knows your anxious and comforts you. My dad's dog does this when Trump comes on. Humans don't deserve dogs but lucky to have them.

  • Isabel Song
    Isabel Song 4 months ago

    Rewatched this today and cried even more than I did the first time I saw it. I'm homesick for my dog and can't wait to go home next week for Thanksgiving break and give her all the kisses and cuddles she can take.

  • Nerdfighter21
    Nerdfighter21 4 months ago +1

    Exactly a month after this video was posted, Willy passed away. twitter.com/johngreen/status/978638651524599808?lang=en

    • mchsminers
      mchsminers 3 months ago +1

      Thank you for that. A lot of people were surprised when John made his P4A video and mentioned "the late great Fireball Wilson Roberts" and while I follow both hank and john on Twitter, I only personally get on it once a week or so. So thanks for linking to that tweet.

  • Farzana Islam
    Farzana Islam 4 months ago

    And now I am crying for a dog! Goddamn John Green. You are really good at eulogies.

  • Relevantly irrelevant
    Relevantly irrelevant 4 months ago


  • AwesomeCat2012
    AwesomeCat2012 5 months ago

    This is so sweet!! I'm behind times, so idk if Willy has passed or not, but I'm truly sorry for your loss... either past tense or in the future.

  • Kat
    Kat 5 months ago


  • Victoria P.
    Victoria P. 5 months ago

    Why am I crying

  • R F
    R F 5 months ago

    My westie died in 2016 due to canine pulmonary fibrosis aka westie lung disease. I know what you're going through. My dog was only 9.5 even though the lifespan is between 12-14.

  • dragonswamp animations
    dragonswamp animations 6 months ago

    These videos gonna break me, man

  • HT200
    HT200 6 months ago

    Everyone needs to stop saying "only" a dog. They are magnificent, perfect, loving, wise creatures who share our lives. Any human would be lucky to love and be loved as much as a dog.

  • Blondie Wise
    Blondie Wise 6 months ago


  • Samm Fee
    Samm Fee 7 months ago

    How can someone possibly dislike this video

  • Sai Pranav Rachakonda
    Sai Pranav Rachakonda 7 months ago

    Am I the only one that cried while watching this

  • broadwaymelody33
    broadwaymelody33 7 months ago

    Oh god. I remember when you got him. I’m crying.

  • marilena papavassiliou
    marilena papavassiliou 8 months ago +1

    Why does this have forty downvotes? Who dislikes a man talking about his dog?

  • Erin Stohlmeyer
    Erin Stohlmeyer 9 months ago

    I watch this video when I need a good cry. And I mean good in the best possible way. Love to the family and thanks again for sharing.

  • Christopher OBrien
    Christopher OBrien 9 months ago


  • Claire Conover
    Claire Conover 9 months ago


  • BraverThanYouBelieve
    BraverThanYouBelieve 10 months ago


  • Elijah L
    Elijah L 10 months ago

    I never met willie, and I never got to meet Lemon, but I think both of them are an important part of your lives, especially outside of the Internet. They’re good dogs, folks

  • Autumn Brooke
    Autumn Brooke 10 months ago

    so love willie.

  • Mara Lorca
    Mara Lorca 10 months ago

    Willy willy cute :)

  • Oh, Marge.
    Oh, Marge. 10 months ago

  • Amelia Isobel
    Amelia Isobel 10 months ago

    Knowing that I've been watching since you got willy and now hearing this, i'm actually crying a whole lot about this.

  • blazebabe11
    blazebabe11 10 months ago

    We just lost our fuzzy baby and this helps in s9me way

  • Ivy Maisonet
    Ivy Maisonet 11 months ago

    made me cry

  • Lasse Andresen
    Lasse Andresen 11 months ago

    "He takes me seriously, like no human can." That one hit home so hard...

  • Jennifer Holian
    Jennifer Holian 11 months ago

    What a lovely video😭

  • K VanNorstrand
    K VanNorstrand 11 months ago

    Coming back to re-watch this video after hearing that Willy passed away. Sending a lot of virtual hugs to the Urist-Green family.

  • Sam Womack
    Sam Womack 11 months ago


  • Elle
    Elle 11 months ago

    rest in peace willie. I'm praying for your family John.

  • Caita Pierson
    Caita Pierson 11 months ago

    John, I totally understand. My dog, at age 13, is in the last year (or so) of his life. Similar to you, I have ocd and anxiety as well which my dog has been with me through it all. As a little kid, I would come home from school crying on many occasions because of the “voices” (ocd) in my head. Bach, my dog, was always there to hug, always there to snuggle with, and always there to cheer me up. From kindergarten to almost now me graduating, he has been there. I guess what I’m saying John is that it’s hard for others to understand people like us, but the support a dog can provide when others do not understand is irreplaceable. I hope you see this and know you’re not alone. #nerdfighteria

  • hotdrippyglass
    hotdrippyglass 11 months ago

    Fireball Wilson Roberts Green lives on; tvclip.biz/video/_ZdGE-G03Lc/video.html .
    And Willie will continue to live on in our hearts and in perpetual renewal as young dogs get introduced to Hanks song for Willie. Thank You John for sharing Willie with the rest of the world. We are all richer for knowing of his presence on this planet.

  • Aud Mo
    Aud Mo 11 months ago

    Thank you, John. Just... thank you.

  • Jennifer Crebs
    Jennifer Crebs 11 months ago

    I’m crying

  • Sarah S
    Sarah S 11 months ago

    I swore I wouldn't cry...don't know why I even tried to believe that.

  • calichef1962
    calichef1962 11 months ago +3

    I am an only child who grew up surrounded by adults. Other children never understood me. They used to say things like, "You talk like you swallowed a dictionary." Probably because they were too stupid to understand what I was saying. By eighth grade my vocabulary and language skills were at a second year college level. Children went out of their way to be mean or bully me. I never understood it and probably never will. Luckily, I always had a dog. Dogs have ALWAYS been my best friends and, even as a middle-aged woman, they still are. I simply cannot live without my canine best friends. My current best friends/fur babies are Jethro and Ellie, a pair of unrelated chihuahuas who are collectively known as The Tiny Terrors. Ellie is more like your Willy and Jethro is a full-on snuggle baby. He sleeps with his back against my back, under the covers, every night. Ellie prefers to sleep on the pillow on the other side of the bed, or at my feet. If she gets really cold she asks to get under the covers by digging at the top edge of the covers, or my hand, and then sleeps under the covers against my belly once I raise the covers so she can get in with Jethro and me. They are both going to be eight this year and I know that my time with them is more than half spent. I fully intend to find chihuahua or pomeranian puppies to step into Jethro or Ellie's places when their time comes to an end. I have come to understand that I simply cannot live happily without my tiny fur babies.

  • Mariposa Redimida
    Mariposa Redimida 11 months ago

    What a sweet boy! I had a similar situation with my dog who passed away last December. the only time I was able to cuddle her was when she was really sick, only a few days away from her passing. Love her so much!

  • Carolyn N
    Carolyn N 11 months ago +1

    Willy, you were and still are much loved, and terribly missed. Thank you for being a part of John's family, and nerdfighteria. Love to you, John, and family.

  • Mark Susskind
    Mark Susskind 11 months ago

    John is willy, willy cute! Bye, Willie.

  • Aishee
    Aishee 11 months ago +1


  • Toade Bee
    Toade Bee Year ago

    Does anyone know what breed Willie is?

    • elwynbrooks
      elwynbrooks 11 months ago

      lizzard girl
      He was a Westie

  • xWarriorOfLegendx

    I'm sorry he passed yesterday, John. Thinking of your family, especially the kids x

  • Nathan Rigsby
    Nathan Rigsby Year ago

    RIP FWRG. We will never forget your awesomeness.

  • Meghan McCullough

    Westies are the best. 💕

  • beccabunny09
    beccabunny09 Year ago

    I put down my dog of 15 years on June 11 of 2007 and it struck me suddenly last year that it had been a decade since she was gone. Fiona was also a westie, like Willy, and for an socially awkward, ADHD, too tall girl, she was a panacea for all the hurts the world inflicts on girls that aren't pretty and don't fit into cultural expectations. For most of my childhood she was my only friend and she prepared me for a lot of life's challenges like parenting (babies and puppies; very similar) and eventually loss. Putting her down was painful but also beautiful. She had bladder cancer and was incontinent and was probably a little senile and deaf and couldn't see well but she was still sweet and happy. We didn't want to wait until she would have trouble emptying her bladder and then getting infections. She didn't go in pain or scared. The vet put a pillow down on the table for her and slowly put her to sleep first and then stopped her heart. I wish we could all go so easily.
    Dogs are family. Fiona was my baby. She was everything I needed and was without. Acceptance without judgment, patient and serene devotion. Dogs are family

  • Katie Moss
    Katie Moss Year ago

    Rest in Awesome Fireball Wilson Roberts Green

  • Honey Bear
    Honey Bear Year ago

    Our greatest gifts. 🐶

  • Dennise Grace
    Dennise Grace Year ago


  • aidan !
    aidan ! Year ago

    Rest in peace Willie

  • ReYo
    ReYo Year ago

    Rest in Awesome, WIlly.

  • Anahi Mndz
    Anahi Mndz Year ago

    I'm crying so badly.

  • Swapnil Patil
    Swapnil Patil Year ago

    Has anyone else come here for crying today coz Willy is no more? I don't know why the tears just won't stop 💔

  • fibonacci227
    fibonacci227 Year ago

    He's a good dog. Love you all.

  • untappedinkwell
    untappedinkwell Year ago

    May the Dread Pirate Fireball Wilson Roberts Green Rest in Awesome.

  • Munjee Syed
    Munjee Syed Year ago

    Rest in piece

  • DrSunflowers
    DrSunflowers Year ago

    Im sorry for your loss.
    Willie is surely in doggie heaven now. Hope you guys are doing better soon.

  • Jennifer Goebel
    Jennifer Goebel Year ago

    RIA Willy.

  • Olivia Neumann
    Olivia Neumann Year ago +6

    Today, Willy has died. Let’s hope Willy, so lovingly described in this video, lives on happily ever after in whatever puppy heaven that may or may not exist.

  • The Primeval Void

    RIP Willy.

  • holypicklesmofo
    holypicklesmofo Year ago

    RIP Willy

  • Millissa Martin
    Millissa Martin Year ago +2

    Our community stands with you today in mourning Willy. I wish you peace and strength on this difficult day.

  • Shrisha P.
    Shrisha P. Year ago

    Rest in peace, Willy. We love you.

  • Seamus Hughes
    Seamus Hughes Year ago +1

  • Emery Paine
    Emery Paine Year ago

    I wouldn't be surprised if he can actually tell when something is wrong.

  • Toade Bee
    Toade Bee Year ago

    I am crying, this video made me smile, scream and cry so many feelings in the span of three minutes and fourty five seconds

  • Darlene Lesmana
    Darlene Lesmana Year ago

    I think you spent too much time writing tfios

  • squeekytoy123
    squeekytoy123 Year ago +1

    John, I am so sorry for you and your family :(. Willy is such a special dog and he spans such disparate parts of your life - married before kids to having young children and a family. I'm glad that you got to spend so much time with him

  • Ava Anderson
    Ava Anderson Year ago +1

    I just want to acknowledge that in all the comments I've seen, there are no dislikes on any of them. I love the fact the no matter where you came from or what you believe, if there is something as pure as the love a dog has for its owner, everyone will return that love sevenfold. Us as human beings are reminded of the ability to care whenever we see dogs. They happy dance, they sing, they smile. Their eyes glitter and they fidget, and at some point, they all give at least a cuddle. The innateness of benevolence is in people, but it is not constant. Thank you Fireball Wilson and puppies everywhere for showing your love, always. We all can learn from you.

  • Brian Morton
    Brian Morton Year ago

    I have west two west highland white terriers, or... I did. One passed away in 2016, and the other may be going any month now as well. For Willie’s sake, I hope he has a pleasant exit.

  • chamber of words
    chamber of words Year ago


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    Richard Xia Year ago

  • maggie beckett
    maggie beckett Year ago

    My Wisty was a good one too. She knew when I was dealing with feelings that were too big for me, and would come and sit by me. Wisty was a good one. Maybe one of the greats. I will never forget her.

  • Micah Lee
    Micah Lee Year ago

    We lost my 14 year old baby a couple weeks ago. This video popped up on my recommends and it reminds me so much of her

  • Brianna Zealand
    Brianna Zealand Year ago

    A dog is never just a dog, and this goes for all pets. Animals bring comfort and understanding to us. My pets are certainly my family. Your dog sounds like a great family member :3

  • Avery-Quinn Maddox

    "Only a dog?"
    Well, you're only a human... what's your point? That dogs are lesser than humans?

  • SlytherinBookworm

    I came home for winter break two years ago and one of the first things my parents told me was that my dog, who was only 7, had lymphoma and they hadn’t wanted to tell me earlier because I had finals. I spent the next couple of weeks taking him to the vet and trying to make as many memories as I could. I was studying abroad the next semester and as far as I knew treatment was going really well. Until I got a message the day before Easter telling me they had to put him down the night before and also my 15 year old cousin had cancer. I cried and cried alone in a hotel room as my friends were downstairs meeting family for the first time. I didn’t even tell a few of them until we had gotten back to Rome and it just all boiled over. Losing a friend like that sucks and it gets better but it will always hurt. I’m sorry.

  • Megan Jeganathan
    Megan Jeganathan Year ago

    That’s so heart breaking. Pets are definitely family.

  • Rachel Lynch
    Rachel Lynch Year ago

    what a good boy!

  • Cyrena Grace
    Cyrena Grace Year ago

    Been watching since Willy was a puppy. I will miss hearing about him but know that he will be healed soon. Praying for comfort for your family in this difficult time.

  • wickedly4
    wickedly4 Year ago


  • becca moses
    becca moses Year ago

    i saw this title and freaked a little bit ngl but i am glad he’s currently okay :)

  • The Grim Squeaker

    I remember bring our little black lab home. I was 11 years, he was 8 weeks and totally hapless as dogs that young often are. Last year as I was preparing for the last two of my exams we decided it finally was time to take him to the vet. When we got home from that appointment I began to notice all the little things that, up then i had not seen or perhaps allowed myself to see. At the end of that week, after completing my last exam we took him to the vet and said goodbye. A cancer had, we discovered, been growing in his throat for some months, gradually making his life more and more uncomfortable and so it would have continued had we not taken this step.
    I cried more in the weeks that followed than I remember ever doing before. Watching this brought those emotions flooding back, as I remember the companion that I grew up with and the friend that we lost.

  • thewinterizzy
    thewinterizzy Year ago

    I’ve had this in my to watch for weeks because I was scared to watch it... Really moving video. Thank you.

  • partyinthetardis
    partyinthetardis Year ago

    I remember when you first got Willy. I can't believe its been this long. Prayers and warm thoughts to you and your family.

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    rubymimosa Year ago


  • Jennifer Reeves
    Jennifer Reeves Year ago +1

    I have such a hard time accepting that my dog will eventually die. I love her so much. I've known her since I was a kid and I don't think I've loved anyone more than I love her. I know she will one day die and I just don't know how I'll recover. I know people say "enjoy the time you have left" or "light can not exist without darkness" but its bull. I love her and I don't want her to go. I could get another dog, and maybe I would love that dog just as much, but it wouldn't make her death any better. It wouldn't make her death okay. A world without that dog feels so wrong. She is so sweet. So innocent. So happy.

  • Christy Parker
    Christy Parker Year ago +2

    He's the beginning of the phrase "puppy-sized elephants." He's a talking dog, and we of Nerdfighteria are grateful for his contributions to Nerdfighteria, as well as to your life and productivity. Thanks Willy.

  • Janessa a a
    Janessa a a Year ago

    😢aaw I love this video... my family had to put down our dog of 7 years two days ago

  • Eric Bost
    Eric Bost Year ago

    It is never easy saying good bye to a good friend. Been through it 5 times. Wish I could say it gets easier.

  • inkonpaperhero
    inkonpaperhero Year ago

    I started watching vlogbrothers with my girlfriend, who is now my wife, in 2007. In 2008 we got a dog and named her Alaska. She died, too young, in 2016. And here I am still watching. It sucks when dogs die. Sorry John. Thanks for everything.

  • The Stumpy Brigade

    We wish you the best John! We hope Willie has a good last few months or years. Dogs are just as much a part of our families as hoomans after all.

  • Kate Hannah
    Kate Hannah Year ago

    Lost my dog after 15 years last year. Sounds like Willie has a similar personality. It still hurts like hell and this video brought tears to my eyes.