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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021


A dog is so often the answer — when you're lonely and need company, or when you're tired of company and need lonely. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams


The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912


Home is where the dog is. ~Abby Geni, "Dogs," 2012


From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog. ~Mabel Louise Robinson


Dogs are miracles with paws. ~Attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy


Man is a dog's idea of what God should be. ~Holbrook Jackson


The dog is the only animal that has seen his god. ~Author Unknown


Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull


My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton


We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment. ~George Eliot


I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner


I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying. ~George Bird Evans, Troubles with Bird Dogs


Sometimes when life has gone wrong with you,
And the world seems a dreary place,
Has your dog ever silently crept to your feet,
His yearning eyes turned to your face—
Has he made you feel that he understands,
And all that he asks of you
Is to share your lot, be it good or ill,
With a chance to be loyal and true?
Are you branded a failure? He does not know—
A sinner? He does not care—
You're "master" to him—that's all that counts—
A word, and his day is fair.
Your birth and your station are nothing to him;
A palace and a hut are the same—
And his love is yours, in honor and peace,
And it's yours through disaster or shame.
Though others forget you, and pass you by,
He is ever your faithful friend—
Who is ready to give you the best that is his,
Unstintedly to the end.
~Esther B. Darling, "A Faithful Friend," 1914


Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage. ~Agnes Repplier


One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why. ~Author Unknown


Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones


I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth


When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism! ~David Starr Jordan


Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford


If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret


With the exception of women, there is nothing on earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the dog. ~Edward Jesse, Anecdote of Dogs


The dog is a yes-animal, very popular with people who can't afford to keep a yes-man. ~Robertson Davies


Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter


My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown


If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one. ~Andy Rooney


A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such. ~John Holmes


The more I see of man, the more I like dogs. ~Mme. de Staël


Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window. ~Steve Bluestone


I walk with my dogs which keeps me fit. I talk to my dogs which keeps me sane. I can't think of anything that makes one happier than to cuddle and play and start the day with a warm puppy. ~Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)


To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. ~Aldous Huxley


They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation. ~Jerome K. Jerome


Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives. ~Sue Murphy


Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras


The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's. ~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 1899 April 2nd


The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. ~Ambrose Bierce


A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk. ~O.A. Battista


In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland


If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people. ~Karel Čapek


An old dog, even more than an old spouse, always feels like doing what you feel like doing. ~Robert Brault


Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices. This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of Boatswain, a Dog. ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog"


The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic. ~Henry Ward Beecher


Charley likes to get up early, and he likes me to get up early too. And why shouldn't he? Right after his breakfast he goes back to sleep. Over the years he has developed a number of innocent-appearing ways to get me up. He can shake himself and his collar loud enough to wake the dead. If that doesn't work he gets a sneezing fit. But perhaps his most irritating method is to sit quietly beside the bed and stare into my face with a sweet and forgiving look on his face; I come out of deep sleep with the feeling of being looked at. But I have learned to keep my eyes tight shut. If I even blink he sneezes and stretches, and that night's sleep is over for me. Often the war of wills goes on for quite a time, I squinching my eyes shut and he forgiving me, but he nearly always wins. ~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, 1962


The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's. ~Polish Proverb


A man may smile and bid you hail
Yet wish you to the devil;
But when a good dog wags his tail,
You know he's on the level.
~Author Unknown


Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ~Roger Caras


No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses. ~Herman Melville, Redburn. His First Voyage, 1849


Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. ~Franklin P. Jones


Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat. ~Oxford Union Society, London, Rule 46


A cat, after being scolded, goes about its business. A dog slinks off into a corner and pretends to be doing a serious self-reappraisal. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man. ~Maurice Maeterlinck


Happiness is a warm puppy. ~Charles M. Schulz


It is hard to fool a DOG one time and next kin to impossible to fool him the second time. Right there he is a long jump ahead of the average man. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague


No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. ~Christopher Morley


If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater... suggest that he wear a tail. ~Fran Lebowitz


Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear. ~Dave Barry


Amount of time it takes for a dog to "do its business" is directly proportional to outside temperature + suitability of owner's outerwear. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, betsygarmon.com (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)


The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. ~Author Unknown


Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies. ~Gene Hill


I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves. ~Author Unknown


Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. ~Andy Rooney


My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money. ~Joe Weinstein


I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward. ~G.K. Chesterton


If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise. ~Author Unknown


We have a queen-size bed, and the dog sleeps in the middle. John and I are sort of these little quotation marks on either corner. ~Rachael Ray


The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread. ~Portuguese Proverb


A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. ~Robert Benchley


The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother — and they'll settle for a puppy every time. ~Winston Pendelton


I am not your dog, but if every time you saw me, you gave me a backrub, I would run to greet you, too. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. ~Lewis Grizzard


You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell. ~Emily Dickinson


There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog. ~Konrad Lorenz


If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. ~Woodrow Wilson


Dogs, the foremost snobs in creation, are quick to notice the difference between a well-clad and a disreputable stranger. ~Albert Payson Terhune


You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace. ~Milan Kundera


When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem. ~Edward Abbey


I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl. ~Penny Ward Moser


A dog can express more with his tail in seconds than his owner can express with his tongue in hours. ~Author Unknown


Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I love a dog, he does nothing for political reasons. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)


Children are for people who can't have dogs. ~Author Unknown


I have a three-year-old dog, I named him Stay. He was a lot of fun when he was a puppy because when I called him I'd have to say, "Come here, Stay. Come here, Stay." ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985, stevenwright.com


When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog along to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


The more one gets to know of men, the more one values dogs. ~Alphonse Toussenel


When a dog wants to hang out the "Do Not Disturb" sign, as all of us do now and then, he is regarded as a traitor to his species. ~Ramona C. Albert


What is a dog, anyway? Simply an antidote for an inferiority complex. ~W. C. Fields, "Alcohol and Me," 1942


Both humans and dogs love to play well into adulthood, and individuals from both species occasionally display evidence of having a conscience. ~Jon Winokur


The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. ~Margo Kaufman


Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other. ~Robert Benchley


I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. ~Rita Rudner


Fox-terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs are... ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889


Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning. ~Norman Strung


Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on. ~Colette


The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go. ~Winston Churchill


I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for everyday. ~George Bernard Shaw



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