Doggy Quotes

Doggy Quotes

It is an art to capture the nature of our beloved pets in words, and I am grateful to those who have taken the time and been so inspired to translate their observations and emotions into sentences.
Below you will read quotes from various people who indeed loved, admired and exalted our canine friends.  With humor, poignancy, accuracy, and honor, their words have touched my heart.


“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

“The dog was created especially for children.  He is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied” – Irish Proverb

“If you are a dog and your owner suggest that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.” – Fran Lebowitz

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

“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.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” – Alexander Pope

“Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human has to choose a relative.” – Mordecai Siegal

“Money will buy you a fine dog.  But only love will make it wag its tail.” – Richard Friedman

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human.  The point of training is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly dog.” – Edward Hoagland

“The Dog is my idol.  It heeds no law, save that of Nature.” – Diogenes of Sinope (413 – 323 B.C.)

“Puppies are miracles with paws.” – Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

“I can’t think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog – completely exhausted after a full and hard day in the field - limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I’m sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes and goes back to sleep.  I do not know what I’ve done to deserve that kind of friend.” – Gene Hill

No eye shall every see,
For shape and service,
Spaniel like to thee.
This shall my love do,
give thy sad death one tear,
that deserves of me a million.
- From Hesperides by Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674), the greatest of the “Cavalier poets” (17th century English poets who supported King Charles I during the English Civil War)

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket, and then give him only two of them.” – Phil Pastorate

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.  You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last wag of his tail, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Unknown

“Here lies Dash, the favorite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, by whose command this memorial was erected.  He died on the 20th December 1840 in his ninth year.  His attachment was without selfishness, his playfulness without malice, his fidelity without deceit.  Reader, if you would live beloved and die regretted, profit by the example of Dash.” – Queen Victoria, England

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. 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

"They [dogs] 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

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." - John Steinbeck

"You may have a dog that won't sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she's too stupid to learn how but because she's too smart to bother." - Rick Horowitz

"To err is human, to forgive, canine." – Unknown

"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." - Mark Twain

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” -  Max Eastman

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

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