I'd rather have an inch of a dog than miles of pedigree.
I never barked when out of season,
I never bit without a reason,
I ne'er insulted weaker brother,
Nor wronged by force or fraud another.
We brutes are placed a rank below;
Happy for man could he say so.
Many years ago when an adored dog died, a great friend, a
bishop, said to me, "You must always remember that, as
far as the Bible is concerned, God only threw the humans out
The dog is a religious animal. In his savage state he worships
the moon and the lights that float upon the waters. These
are his gods to whom he appeals at night with long-drawn howls.
I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a
king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are
some Chihuahuas with some good ideas.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should
relax and get used to the idea.
Robert A. Heinlein
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other
ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that
can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times
over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against
my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile;
by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along
to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy,
he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When
I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With
him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught
me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort
and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where
before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human
hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears
of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me
. . . whenever . . . wherever - in case I need him. And I
expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog.
I look into your great brown eyes,
Where love and loyal homage shine,
And wonder where the difference lies
Between your soul and mine!
Josiah G. Holland
A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.
If dogs talked, one of them would be president by now. Everybody
We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and,
amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting
the dog, has made an alliance with us.
Man is a dog's ideal of what God should be.
Dogs operate on the premise that human beings are fragile
and require incessant affection and reassurance. The random
lick of the hand and the furry chin draped over the instep
are calculated to let the shaky owner know a friend is nearby.
Dachshund: A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long.
Henry Louis Mencken
Living with a dog is messy - like living with an idealist.
Henry Louis Mencken
Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.
No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation
as the dog does.
Christopher Darlington Morley
The dog is man's best friend.
He has a tail on one end.
Up in front he has teeth.
And four legs underneath.
The world was conquered through the understanding of dogs;
the world exists through the understanding of dogs.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Never stand between a dog and the hydrant.
The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother -
and they'll settle for a puppy every time.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs
than of friends.
It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better
than other folks do, isn't it?
Eleanor H. Porter
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional
love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
Women are like dogs really. They love like dogs, a little
insistently. And they like to fetch and carry and come back
wistfully after hard words, and learn rather easily to carry
Mary Roberts Rinehart
No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has
a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better
friend he has.
Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until
you can find a rock.
If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child.
We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.