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quote by Roger Caras: Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. with background image:

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

--Roger Caras
quote by Rita Rudner: I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. with background image:

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

--Rita Rudner
quote by Christopher Morley: No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does. with background image:

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.

--Christopher Morley
quote by Spanish proverbs: An old dog does not bark in vain. with background image:

An old dog does not bark in vain.

--Spanish Proverb
quote by Jason Thomas: Only a dog would lick a finger pointed in anger. with background image:

Only a dog would lick a finger pointed in anger.

--Jason Thomas
quote by Ben Hur Lampman: The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master. with background image:

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.

--Ben Hur Lampman
quote by Eric Knight: To chase a dog is merely to teach it to run away. with background image:

To chase a dog is merely to teach it to run away.

--Eric Knight
quote by Joe Gores: Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to. with background image:

Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.

--Joe Gores
quote by Theodorus Gaza: The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind. with background image:

The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind.

--Theodorus Gaza
quote by Charles Doran: A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog. with background image:

A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog.

--Charles Doran
quote by Micah Amyx: You can take a dog outside, but you can't make it pee. with background image:

You can take a dog outside, but you can't make it pee.

--Micah Amyx
quote by Michael W. Fox: Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frust… with background image:

Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.

--Michael W. Fox
quote by Karen Davison: Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever. with background image:

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.

--Karen Davison
quote by Karen Davison: A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than an owner can express with his tongue in hours. with background image:

A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than an owner can express with his tongue in hours.

--Karen Davison
quote by Thom Jones: Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have. with background image:

Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have.

--Thom Jones
quote by William Croswell Doane: My dear old dog, most constant of all friends. with background image:

My dear old dog, most constant of all friends.

--William Croswell Doane
quote by Agnes Repplier: A puppy is but a god, plus high spirits, and minus common sense. with background image:

A puppy is but a god, plus high spirits, and minus common sense.

--Agnes Repplier
quote by Agnes Repplier: Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage. with background image:

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

--Agnes Repplier
quote by Anatole France: Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. with background image:

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

--Anatole France
quote by Anna Quindlen: The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed. with background image:

The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed.

--Anna Quindlen
quote by Anne Lamott: Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity. with background image:

Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Ben Jonson: A good dog deserves a good bone. with background image:

A good dog deserves a good bone.

--Ben Jonson
quote by Betty White: Take personal responsibility. A lot of people go, 'Well, I'll get a dog because I have a kid and a kid needs a dog.' And it doesn't work ou… with background image:

Take personal responsibility. A lot of people go, 'Well, I'll get a dog because I have a kid and a kid needs a dog.' And it doesn't work out for that dog and the dog is on the street.

--Betty White
quote by Bill Maher: The reason I love my dog so much is because when I come home, he's the only one in the world who treats me like I'm the Beatles. with background image:

The reason I love my dog so much is because when I come home, he's the only one in the world who treats me like I'm the Beatles.

--Bill Maher
quote by Caroline Knapp: Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can't imagine living any other way. with background image:

Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can't imagine living any other way.

--Caroline Knapp
quote by Charles Kingsley: Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day. with background image:

Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day.

--Charles Kingsley
quote by David Seltzer: When a man tries to communicate with an animal, there's a relationship between them, and you generally find this between the dog and his ma… with background image:

When a man tries to communicate with an animal, there's a relationship between them, and you generally find this between the dog and his master.

--David Seltzer
quote by Dean Koontz: One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. with background image:

One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us.

--Dean Koontz

Longer Version:

One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. The disappointments of life, the injustices, the battering events that are beyond our control, and the betrayals we endure, from those we befriended and loved, can make us cynical and turn our hearts into flint -- on which only the matches of anger and bitterness can be struck into flame. By their delight in being with us, the reliable sunniness of their disposition, the joy they bring to playtime, the curiosity with which they embrace each new experience, dogs can melt cynicism,and sweeten the bitter heart.


quote by Dean Koontz: A good dog is one of the best things of all to be. with background image:

A good dog is one of the best things of all to be.

--Dean Koontz
quote by Dean Koontz: Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as pr… with background image:

Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.

--Dean Koontz
quote by Dean Koontz: Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. with background image:

Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself.

--Dean Koontz
quote by Dean Koontz: Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished. with background image:

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.

--Dean Koontz

quote by Dutch Proverb: A dog with a bone knows no friend. with background image:

A dog with a bone knows no friend.

--Dutch Proverb
quote by Edith Wharton: My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet. with background image:

My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet.

--Edith Wharton
quote by Garth Stein: Anyone who has a dog knows that they have some very deep thoughts, that they have moods and emotions, they get their feelings hurt. It's no… with background image:

Anyone who has a dog knows that they have some very deep thoughts, that they have moods and emotions, they get their feelings hurt. It's not a far reach to give them opinions and values and long-term desires.

--Garth Stein
quote by Gene Hill: 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 befo… with background image:

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.

--Gene Hill
quote by Gene Hill: No one can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail … with background image:

No one can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.

--Gene Hill
quote by Gene Hill: No man can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned by a dog. with background image:

No man can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned by a dog.

--Gene Hill
quote by Gene Hill: Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies. with background image:

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

--Gene Hill
quote by George Crabbe: With eye upraised his master's look to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man: The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend, Th… with background image:

With eye upraised his master's look to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man: The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end.

--George Crabbe
quote by Gilda Radner: I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, .they are the role model for being alive. with background image:

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

--Gilda Radner
quote by Halle Berry: I wish all men were like dogs. with background image:

I wish all men were like dogs.

--Halle Berry
quote by Henry James: Of course what he most intensely dreams of is being taken out on walks, and the more you are able to indulge him the more will he adore you… with background image:

Of course what he most intensely dreams of is being taken out on walks, and the more you are able to indulge him the more will he adore you and the more all the latent beauty of his nature will come out.

--Henry James
quote by Irish Proverb: As the hound, so the pup. with background image:

As the hound, so the pup.

--Irish Proverb
quote by Irish Proverb: A dog does not flee from a bone. with background image:

A dog does not flee from a bone.

--Irish Proverb
quote by James Thurber: If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people. with background image:

If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.

--James Thurber
quote by James Thurber: Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog. with background image:

Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog.

--James Thurber
quote by James Thurber: A wet dog is lovingest. with background image:

A wet dog is lovingest.

--James Thurber
quote by James Thurber: The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his. with background image:

The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.

--James Thurber
quote by James Thurber: The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of … with background image:

The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals.

--James Thurber
quote by Jim Hightower: Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building. with background image:

Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building.

--Jim Hightower
quote by John Galsworthy: Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own live… with background image:

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.

--John Galsworthy
quote by John Holmes: A dog is not 'almost human' and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such. with background image:

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
quote by Josh Billings: A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. with background image:

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

--Josh Billings
quote by Kevin O'Leary: If you want a friend, buy a dog. with background image:

If you want a friend, buy a dog.

--Kevin O'Leary
quote by Louis Sabin: There is only one smartest dog in the world, and every boy has it. with background image:

There is only one smartest dog in the world, and every boy has it.

--Louis Sabin
quote by Madame de Stael: The more I see of man, the more I like dogs. with background image:

The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.

--Madame de Stael
quote by Mark Haddon: I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and th… with background image:

I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.

--Mark Haddon
quote by Mary Carolyn Davies: A good dog never dies. with background image:

A good dog never dies.

--Mary Carolyn Davies

Longer Version:

A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.


quote by Mary Oliver: I have a little dog who likes to nap with me.
He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck.
He is sweeter than soap.
He is more wonder… with background image:

I have a little dog who likes to nap with me.
He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck.
He is sweeter than soap.
He is more wonderful than a diamond necklace,
which can't even bark.

--Mary Oliver
quote by Maurice Maeterlinck: The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two. with background image:

The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two.

--Maurice Maeterlinck
quote by Max De Pree: 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 … with background image:

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.

--Max De Pree
quote by Milan Kundera: The love between dog and man is idyllic, dogs were never expelled from paradise. with background image:

The love between dog and man is idyllic, dogs were never expelled from paradise.

--Milan Kundera
quote by Milan Kundera: 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. with background image:

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
quote by Oliver Gaspirtz: Heaven is a place where all the dogs you've ever loved come to greet you. with background image:

Heaven is a place where all the dogs you've ever loved come to greet you.

--Oliver Gaspirtz
quote by Otto von Bismarck: Our German forefathers had a very kind religion. They believed that, after death, they would meet again all the good dogs that had been the… with background image:

Our German forefathers had a very kind religion. They believed that, after death, they would meet again all the good dogs that had been their companions in life. I wish I could believe that too.

--Otto von Bismarck
quote by Rita Rudner: We've begun to long for the pitter-patter of little feet -- so we bought a dog. Well, it's cheaper, and you get more feet. with background image:

We've begun to long for the pitter-patter of little feet -- so we bought a dog. Well, it's cheaper, and you get more feet.

--Rita Rudner
quote by Robert Benchley: A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. with background image:

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.

--Robert Benchley
quote by Robert Breault: The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude. with background image:

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.

--Robert Breault
quote by Roger Caras: Generally, or at least very often, people with a deep interest in animals are the best people around. with background image:

Generally, or at least very often, people with a deep interest in animals are the best people around.

--Roger Caras
quote by Roger Caras: Being patted is what it is all about. with background image:

Being patted is what it is all about.

--Roger Caras
quote by Roger Ebert: Dogs notice, they share, they draw conclusions, they like it when they're able to be of service and are touchingly grateful when they're pr… with background image:

Dogs notice, they share, they draw conclusions, they like it when they're able to be of service and are touchingly grateful when they're praised.

--Roger Ebert
quote by Saint Basil: Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors? with background image:

Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?

--Saint Basil
quote by Samuel Butler: 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… with background image:

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
quote by Colette: Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. with background image:

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

--Colette
quote by Morrissey: Letting cats and dogs have litters is tantamount to shooting shelter animals in the head since it kills their chances of adoption. Please d… with background image:

Letting cats and dogs have litters is tantamount to shooting shelter animals in the head since it kills their chances of adoption. Please do the right thing and spay or neuter your animals.

--Morrissey
quote by W. Bruce Cameron: You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him. with background image:

You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.

--W. Bruce Cameron
quote by Sara Paretsky: When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated. with background image:

When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.

--Sara Paretsky
quote by Anne Tyler: Ever consider what dogs must think of us? I mean here we come back from the grocery store with the most amazing haul--chicken, pork, half a… with background image:

Ever consider what dogs must think of us? I mean here we come back from the grocery store with the most amazing haul--chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth.

--Anne Tyler
quote by Lisa Jakub: So many people pass up older dogs, which is a shame. With an older dog, you know what you are getting. with background image:

So many people pass up older dogs, which is a shame. With an older dog, you know what you are getting.

--Lisa Jakub
quote by Alexandra Daddario: Now that I have a dog, I frequently have to take him out and get some exercise, which also gets me exercise. with background image:

Now that I have a dog, I frequently have to take him out and get some exercise, which also gets me exercise.

--Alexandra Daddario
quote by Barry McGuigan: It is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the dog. with background image:

It is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the dog.

--Barry McGuigan
quote by Bob Barker: A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life. with background image:

A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.

--Bob Barker
quote by Cesar Millan: I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it. with background image:

I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.

--Cesar Millan
quote by Cesar Millan: Dogs don't rationalize. They don't hold anything against a person. They don't see the outside of a human but the inside of a human. with background image:

Dogs don't rationalize. They don't hold anything against a person. They don't see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.

--Cesar Millan
quote by Chelsea Handler: You do not OWN a dog. You HAVE a dog. And the dog HAS YOU. with background image:

You do not OWN a dog. You HAVE a dog. And the dog HAS YOU.

--Chelsea Handler
quote by Cheyenne Jackson: I think having a dog makes you more compassionate. with background image:

I think having a dog makes you more compassionate.

--Cheyenne Jackson
quote by Duane Chapman: Dog is God spelled backward. with background image:

Dog is God spelled backward.

--Duane Chapman
quote by Daniel Clowes: Nobody else feels the same way about your dog that you do. with background image:

Nobody else feels the same way about your dog that you do.

--Daniel Clowes
quote by Deb Caletti: Sometimes you're sure dogs have some secret, superior intelligence, and other times you know they're only their simple, goofy selves. with background image:

Sometimes you're sure dogs have some secret, superior intelligence, and other times you know they're only their simple, goofy selves.

--Deb Caletti
quote by Daniel Pinkwater: The old saw about old dogs and new tricks only applies to certain people. with background image:

The old saw about old dogs and new tricks only applies to certain people.

--Daniel Pinkwater
quote by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Every dog might wish to be Dog One, but like us, most dogs want membership in the group even more than they want supremacy over others. with background image:

Every dog might wish to be Dog One, but like us, most dogs want membership in the group even more than they want supremacy over others.

--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
quote by Eugene O'Neill: Dogs do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of… with background image:

Dogs do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith.

--Eugene O'Neill
quote by Franklin P. Jones: Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. with background image:

Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.

--Franklin P. Jones
quote by Gabrielle Zevin: Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine? with background image:

Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine?

--Gabrielle Zevin
quote by Gladys Taber: Dog lovers are a good breed themselves. with background image:

Dog lovers are a good breed themselves.

--Gladys Taber
quote by Hank Williams: There ain't a man livin' who hasn't talked to his dog. with background image:

There ain't a man livin' who hasn't talked to his dog.

--Hank Williams
quote by Jerome K. Jerome: 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… with background image:

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
quote by James Herriot: Dogs like to obey. It gives them security. with background image:

Dogs like to obey. It gives them security.

--James Herriot
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