In an epic work of humour and biting satire, Caesar - a Newfoundland dog of the landed gentry - and a farmer’s collie, Luath (named after Burns’ own dog) meet of an evening to discuss the ways of the world.
The poem is a class-ridden tale of snobbery and subservience and reveals much of the gap between the rich of Burns’ day and the labourers on the same lands.
In comparing the vastly diverse aspects of the societies in which they each exist, the two dogs agree that the world is ill-divided and lament the inequality of man long into the summer evening,
As the sun goes down - and thankfully free from all such trappings - they part in good company, with the promise to meet “some ither day”.
“…When up they gat and shook their lugs, Rejoic’d they were na men, but dugs
and each took aff his several way, Resolv’d to meet some ither day.”