"A good horse and a good rider are only so in mutual trust."
"Whosoever loveth me, loveth my hound."
-St. Sir Thomas More
"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
"A dog is not "almost human," and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such."
"If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man."
"To err is human:To forgive, canine."
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."
"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!"
"If there is no heaven for dogs, then I want to go where they go when I die."
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
"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."
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."
"No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich."
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
"There's just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they're thrilled to see you. They're good for the ego."
"I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs."
"Acquiring a dog, may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative. "
"A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel."
"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater. . . suggest that he wear a tail."
"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 think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better."
-George Bird Evans, "Troubles with Bird Dogs"
"Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart."
-Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dogs: The Wolf Within
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
"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 beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
"I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons."
"I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'"
"Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."
"Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads."
-Harry S Truman
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. . . .He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. . . .When all other friends desert, he remains."
-George G. Vest
"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."
-Alfred North Whitehead
"Never stand between a dog and the hydrant."
"Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
"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."
"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses."
"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."
"My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my dog thinks I am."
-Toby & Eileen Green
"Qui me amat, amet et canem meum. (Love me, love my dog.)"
-St. Bernard, A.D. 1150, "Sermo Primus"
"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
-Sydney Jeanne Seward
"I know that dogs are pack animals, but it's difficult to imagine a pack of standard poodles . . . and if there was such a thing as a pack of standard poodles, where would they rove to? Bloomingdale's?"
"I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog -- completely exhausted after a 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 don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend."
"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog."
"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul- chicken, pork, half cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made."
"I did then what I knew then, & when I knew better, I did better."
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. "
"You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
"Unnatural diets predispose animals to unnatural outcomes."
-Dr. Tom Lonsdale
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. "
- Charles Kingsley