~ for the love of dog ~

"Thanks [for the quotes]... I enjoyed and will read some to my Dog."

Anything strike your fancy, stir your imagination?
Is that quote a perfect match to that Pooch close to you?

and let's see what we can come up with...

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"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter
or a Poodle, get them all ..., adopt a mutt!"
1927 - 1989
American author
and essayist

"When a man's best friend is his Dog,
that Dog has a problem.”

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.”
(Human Harry)
Resident of
115 West 86th Street

Losing those two longtime residents, it kind of reminds everybody of their own mortality. They were a more pleasant part of the building’s culture than some of the people.”

American syndicated celebrity columnist
b. 1925

"Trust me, Yorkies leave paw prints on your heart."
Of course, like anything with the name "York," they're tough. A little demanding. I mean, Juicy is 31/2 pounds of pure selfish. She owns nine of my 10 rooms. But she's very New York. She loves The [New York] Post. Almost every night, I find her pouring over my column."
Dog trainer, specialist in canine behavior problems
(b. n/a)

Dogs have always been bred to be companions to humans. Our needs have changed now, and the roles they play are changing accordingly. We don’t need them to help us find our food anymore. We need them to help us calm down.”
"The Dogs bark but the caravan moves on."
Greek philosopher
(384-324 BC)
"There is honor in being a Dog."


North Palace at Nineveh, Iraq
Inscription, c. 645 B.C.

Don’t think, bite.”
English author,
and philosopher
(1561 - 1626)
"Truth is a good Dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out."
British novelist, playwright
"If a Dog doesn't put you first where are you both? In what relation? A dog needs God. It lives by your glances, your wishes. It even shares your humour. This happens about the fifth year. If it doesn't happen you are only keeping an animal."
Animal behaviorist

The real arbiter of whether or not a being deserves respect and compassion is sentience. Being sensate to pleasures and especially to pains is the true currency of ethics.”

philosopher, storyteller, author, lecturer
Motivational speaker
"Dogs don't bite when a growl will do."
I’m afraid of people who are afraid of Dogs.”
French actress,
animal activist
b. 1934

"My dogs don't care what I look like."
• • •
We have to convince the people of Bucharest, who are dog lovers, to treat their dogs like they treat their children and not just let them roam the streets."

Humor columnist
b. 1947
You can say any foolish thing to a Dog, and the Dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!”
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.”

Blackpool, England
b. 1949

"I wanted to be buried with Charlie and Barney because the cemetery is a really nice place, with lovely scenery and lovely views. It's very well kept - it just shows that people really did care about their pets. It's a sad place but unlike in a "human" version, it is very uplifting. To see and know that these pets were loved and cherished enough to be respected in this way is very special.

"I don't have any family now - my dog Charlie has been my only companion for 15 years - so I haven't got anyone else to do the funeral for me."

American Zigfiled Follies dancer, silent screen actress;
Great Dane breeder, pro handler, and AKC Judge

"So many get reformed through religion.
I got reformed through Dogs."

Co-founder of
Best Friends Animal Society
"Any breeder that can’t provide a loving, in-home environment for a pregnant bitch, and a safe home environment surrounded by loving people for new born puppies, is exploitive. Anyone who breeds as a business rather than for the love of the breed is exploitive."

Irish playwright
"Habit is the ballast that chains the Dog to his vomit."
American clergyman, social reformer and abolitionist
1813 - 1887
The Dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.”
American humorist and columnist
1889 - 1945

(Portrait: Hirschfeld)
"A Dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.”
There is no doubt that every healthy, normal boy... should own a Dog at some time in his life, preferably between the ages of forty-five and fifty.”
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.”
Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Let Maine have its moose and Florida its manatees! In the heart of Manhattan, it takes a Dog to understand the beauty of autumn leaves, the thrill of new-fallen snow and the promise of flowers on a rainy spring day.”
Dog trainer and author
"Trained or not, he'll always be his own Dog to a degree."
Letters to the Editor
Laguna Beach, California
February 7, 2013
I often remark that our pets have a blessing in their options for passing from this life that our human patients do not have. Recognizing the sign posts and signals that our loved ones (both human and pets) send to us requires sensitivity and a listening ear.

My dogs have never spoken to me in English, but I hope that I hear their wishes when the time comes.”
Author, activist, writing coach, dog lover

"He'd scotched the sunglasses along with any other accessory --bandanna, straw hat, Halloween costume -- I'd dreamed up. He hated them. He'd gone to a Halloween party as a nudist."

From "The Dog Is a Ham" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.”
American author, publisher and fiction writing teacher

We lost our big dog Ripley of 11 years last year and I've been volunteer dog walking at the local Humane Society. One of my writing students fosters cats and calls it her spiritual practice. Same for me walking these dogs - loving them and letting them go . . . every week. Bringing a little joy to their lives, and savoring the light they bring into mine.”

"I'm not sure I could ever foster animals . . . maybe if I work up to it. Walking them at the Humane Society on Sunday morning (my church) is probably the best I can do; the man who trained me said that when he returns them to their habitat, he always says, 'I love you, and I hope I never see you again.'  That's always stayed with me."

American editorialist. short story writer and satyrist
"Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a Dog to a man."
The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet Dog.”
Dog: A kind of additional or subsidiary deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship."
Henry Wheeler Shaw
American humorist
A Dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Money will buy you a pretty good Dog but it won’t buy
the wag of his tail.”
There is no man so poor but what he can afford
to keep a Dog.”
Professor of psychology at Yale University
(b. 1963)
"We keep pets, which are a weird combination of constructed things
(Dogs and cats were bred for human companionship),
surrogate people and conduits to the natural world."
Being in the wild reúduces stress; spending time with a pet enhances the lives of everyone from autistic children to Alzheimer’s patients."
British publisher
"If you would wish the dog to follow you, feed him"
Every dog is a lion at home."
American humorist and columnist
"When you leave them in the morning, they stick their nose in the door crack and stand there like a portrait until you turn the key eight hours later."
French emperor
Here, Gentlemen, a Dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.”
Ph.D., Ph. D.
Director of the Kerulos Centre for Animal Psychology and Trauma Recovery

Founder of the International Association for Animal Trauma and Recovery
"No matter who we are,those who love us leave an imprint on heart and mind. Whether they wear fur, feathers, scales or just plain skin,
they are part of us and we of them."
• • •
Interspecies bonding shows just how powerful love is and it opens our eyes to new possibilities. Often people are admonished to stop 'acting like an animal' .
But experiences of interspecies love suggest that it may well be time to start acting like animals and for human culture to adopt some important animal ways of compassion and care. As human caregivers, we have the responsibility to live up to, animal loyalty and trust and to honor this contract of the heart."
Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol

"When a puppy's eyes open it has a very strong ability to learn about people and ... this behavior persists throughout life. And surprisingly, most Dogs, given the choice, will actually prefer human company to other Dog company."
• • •
You train your dog to toilet outside. You train your dog to sit on command. You should also train your dog to cope with being left alone."

Political and cultural commentator for The New York Times.
(b. August 11, 1961)
There are now more American houses with dogs than with children.”
American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist
"Guys are like Dogs. They keep coming back. Ladies are like cats. Yell at a cat one time...they're gone."
Jewish philosopher an educator
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
English novelist, poet,
playwrigt and politician
But never yet the Dog our country fed,
Betrayed the kindness or forgot the bread.”

45th U.S. President
b. 1946

He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. He was always polite and never jumped in [heads of state's] laps,”
British novelist
"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."


A Dog wags its tail with its heart.”
"You cannot teach an old dog new tricks"
Czech writer
1890 - 1938
If Dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people.”
American animal rights activist
Ptresident of the ASPCA 1991 to 1999
(1929 - 2001)

Being patted is what it is all about.”
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
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.”

(Charles Dodgson)

English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. Author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass
"Loving, first, loving and gentle: loving as a Dog...."

Alice Liddell
"Alice in Wonderland"

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Spanish author
"Every dog has his day."
(1889 – 1977)

"The dog represents all that is best in man."
English writer
I always like a Dog so long as he isn't spelled backward.”

"I lie on my burgundy velvet couch, smelly with Dog and hair everywhere, with Ralph and Bronwyn fighting for the curved space behind my legs or the soft pad of my belly, and I realize that I am happier than I have ever been."

From "The New Girl" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

English Crime
fiction writer
"Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more."
American novelist and poet
"The human race had yet to render itself extinct; perhaps the animals were just a dry run. Once you believed animals were insensate things, disposable, of utilitarian value only, it wasn't hard to move on to people."
Cistercian monk, Doctor of the Church and advocate of the Crusades
Who loves me loves my Dog.”

Puerto Rican artist, teacher and Dog activist
b. 1945

(with Little Man Rodin)

"I live for and am alive because of my Dogs."
The DOGHOUSE is their house and we serve at their pleasure."

"Had the creator stopped at dogs, creation would have been perfect. But arrogance triumphed and he went on to create 'man', in his own image, to wreak havoc on all creation."
With me now, always and forever, my hairy little god,
my little man Rodin.”
We try to teach our dogs new tricks when there’s so much we can learn from them.”
Investment in humans is bound to disappoint.
Dogs are so much better a bet."
Anger I reserve for people,
commonly referred to as 'humans'."
It's so easy to see our Dogs as "small people"
and yet they're so much more, so much better."
"For company I have my Dogs; for words, my books."
My tireless companion, witness to my loneliness."

"I watch him asleep at my side, more inocent than any child."
Boycot childbirth -- adopt a Dog.
May the Dogs be with you!"

American poet
b. 1956 7
"One by one, his Schnauzers died of liver disease,
except the one that guarded his corpse
holding a tumbler of Bushmills."

(from “Oil and Steel”)
French novelist
1873 - 1954
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four legs.”

"In the agony of death a Dog has been known to caress his master and everyone has heard of the Dog suffering under vivisection who licked the hand of the operator; this man, unless the operation was fully justified by an increase of our knowledge, or unless he had a heart of stone, must have felt remorse to the last hour of his life."
• • •
It must be called sympathy that heads a courageous Dog to fly at anyone who strikes his master, as he certainly will."

Oregon writer, poet and playwright
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.”

British ethologist, zoologist, Neo-Darwinian evolutionary biologist and theorist and popular science author
(b. 1941)

It’s all nonsense to say that you can’t love a dog as much as you love a human.”

• • •

Who could not love dogs, they are such good sports?”


American essayist
"Dogs have more love than integrity. They've been true to us, yes, but they haven't been true to themselves."
fashion designer
(b. 1932)

Q: “If you could choose what to come back as,
what would it be?”

A: A Dog, so my wife would love me more.”

Small Dogs have proved their mettle throughout history, turning mills and spits; pursuing game into its den; destroying rats by the bucketful, thereby contributing to public health; serving as foot warmers; and standing guard over home and hearth, just as the big dog patrolled the yard. And, of course, they have been pure companions....

As long as they are free of debilitating genetic defects, small dogs retain the spirit and behavior of, well, the Dog. They retrieve, fight, bite, run, hunt, and play within their physical and psychological abilities.”
"A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart"
"You're more loyal than my Dog Sam and twice as pretty."
from "You're So Sweet"
English writer
Let sleeping Dogs lie - who wants to rouse 'em?”
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.”
"We’re trading a dogmatic president ['W'] for one who’s shopping for a Dog [Obama]. It feels good."
Rambunctious, rumbustious,
delinquent Dogs become angelic when sitting.”
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.”
"It’s not much of a tail but I’m sort-of attached to it.”
The Wolf hunt has brought out feelings that have less to do with Canis Lupus than with something more deep-seated. Gray Wolves were exterminated long ago in most Western states, a campaign of blood lust, terror and bounty kills.”
What counts is not necessarily the size of the Dog in the fight – but it’s the size of the fight in the Dog.”
English novelist

We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.
Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical Canine attachment.”
"Agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."

Born a Dog,
Died a gentleman."
German theologian, philosopher and mystic
(c. 1260–c. 1328)
"Listening to the animals we hear the secrets of the universe."


French born American advertising and documentary photographer, filmmaker and author
(b. 1928)







Dogs don’t mind being photographed in compromising positions.”

"For very little in food and Love, a dog will love you and guard you and your
belongings. Where else can you find this? Among Humans rarely...and, even if found, is it toally without strings? Nope! But with our canine friends, no betrayal ever, just mounds of Love and devotion!"












Spain, Amid Protests, Destroys Dog of Ebola-Infected Nurse
The Nerw York Times: Oct. 8, 2014

Photo credit: GHONZALO ARROYO MORENO/Getty Images

MADRID — A dog named Excalibur who belonged to an Ebola-infected nurse was destroyed on Wednesday, even as protesters and animal rights activists surrounded the Madrid home of the nurse and her husband. An online petition calling for the dog’s life to be spared had drawn hundreds of thousands of signatures.

The nurse’s husband had pleaded publicly with officials in Madrid to change their minds about destroying the dog. He told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that there was no indication that Excalibur had been infected with Ebola.

The fate of the dog ignited a frenzy online. More than 390,000 people signed the petition to save his life. By comparison, about 150,000 people have signed a petition urging the Food and Drug Administration to fast-track research on a potential vaccine and treatment for Ebola.

Twitter erupted with pleas in both English and Spanish to save Excalibur’s life. Then, after Excalibur was killed, came posts using the hashtag #RIPExcalibur.

Espada Tizona
El Cid Campeador

I think we are drawn to Dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better.”

Author and
DOGHOUSE Neighbour
"Sorry I haven't put a brake on my
car, to stop for your precious puppies
as they make a valiant attempt to
be traffic control officers in the park.

Miss them dearly, as they make their merry
way on the roads."
"Getting between a broker and his bonus is like getting between a Schnauzer and his lunch bowl. He may not bite you, but you are going to smell his breath."
"Properly trained, a man can be Dog's best friend.”

"They should be allowing Dogs in more places --
Dogs in grocery stores, Dogs in hardware stores."

There are three faithful friends--an old wife,
an old Dog and ready money.”
There’s no such thing as an ugly puppy."
"The best thing about a man is his Dog."
"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people,
who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate."
For it is by muteness that a Dog becomes for one so utterly beyond value; with him one is at peace, where words play no torturing tricks.”
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."


"The gift that I am sending you is called a Dog,
and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession
of mankind.”
"The silent dog is the first to bite."
British Journalist
"Being nice to the staff is second only to being nice to Dogs as a pinnacle of civilization."


American cartoonist and humorous illustrator best known for the daily comic The Better Half.
(b. 1957)

American writer
"When most of us talk to our dogs, we tend to forget they're not people."
American Art crutic

"Dogs. Take them or leave them... but bear in mind that they are the only members of the animal kingdom who have bothered to make friends with humans...."

"An Arizona Republican's dinner consists of a steak,
a bottle of whiskey and a Dog...
to eat the steak."
"I don't have Dogs, I just date them."
(Booo, "Torrid Turd" to Mr. González*)

American journalist and non-fiction writer, Marley & Me
(b. 1957)

"Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
"Say something idiotic and nobody but a dog politely wags his tail."
Founder of It’s a Dog’s Life, a training service


Co-op boards are about controlling their environments, and they expect dogs to behave like well-trained little people.”

" I always pet a dog with my left hand because if he bit me I'd still have my right hand to paint with."
"I like a Dog at my feet when I read,
whatever his size or whatever his breed."
That one true heart was left behind!
What feeling do we ever find
To equal among human kind
A dog's fidelity!
"Funny how life changes, children move away and my family is that of my 4-legged ones that keep me company, that listen and pass no judgment upon me. I am their master in yet I am the one that serves them and tends to them, and in return they generously give back to me their unconditional love that engulfs one's soul."

Director of the Center for Animal Behaviour
UC School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis

"Dogs don't lick people because they're hoping for a hot meal. They lick because we're their parents, or at least the head folks in the house. Even when Dogs are old, gray and grizzled, they see themselves in some ways as being our children, and a lick shows how much they respect us."

Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and Dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Welsh musician, woodcarver and raconteur

Lao-tzu is venerated as a philosopher by Confucianists and as a saint or god by some of the common people. He was appointed to the office of Shih at the royal court of the Chou dynasty."
No one can fully understand love unless he’s owned by a Dog.”
Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little Puppies.”
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."
When a man is proud of his Dog and shows it, I like him.
When his Dog is proud of him and shows it,
I deeply respect him."


"If the gods bring to you
a strange and frightening creature,
accept the gift
as if it were one you had chosen.

"...that you came to love it, that was the gift."

from the poem
Each Moment a White Bull Steps Shining Into the World


"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods."

"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."
"At the University of Wisconsin a study showed that Dogs of all breeds improved the length and quality of their lives and reduced the risk of blood clots by drinking beer, the darker the better: Guinness Extra Stout was the best;
Bud Light, not worth the effort."
"A Dog is not 'almost human,' and I know of no greater insult to the Canine race than to describe it as such."

Smell tells time.... Perspective, scale and distance are, after a fashion, in olfaction — but olfaction is fleeting. . . . Odors are less strong over time, so strength indicates newness; weakness, age. The future is smelled on the breeze that brings air from the place you’re headed.”
One could say that dogs see the world faster than we do, but what they really do is see just a bit more world in every second.”
Wolves seem to learn from each other not by punishing each other but by observing each other. Dogs, too, are keen observers — of our reactions.”
Though they have inherited some aversion to staring too long at eyes, dogs seem to be predisposed to inspect our faces for information, for reassurance, for guidance.”


Ten Things My Dog Taught Me

1 • That if your paws are too big to fit in your ears,
you have to get someone else to do the scratching.
2 • That if you want your hand to be licked,
you might have to put it under somebody's nose.
3 • That the exact right Dog will always come into your life
when you need him most.
4 • That loving, in the face of inevitable loss,
is the single most important challenge of our lives.
5 • That all new habits,
like weeping and praying and talking about your feelings,
will actually endear you to more people than they will drive away.
6 • That sitting in the grass together doing nothing
isn't really doing nothing at all.
7 • That if you love somebody deeply enough,
cleaning up their diarrhea doesn't make you want to puke.
8 • That in the end, the money doesn't matter a bit.
9 • That sometimes, even if you haven't acted perfectly,
the good thing happens after all.
10 • That everything is forgivable, that every moment contains eternity,
and that loving unconditionally doesn't mean you are a self-annihilating fool.

...that lesson #10 is what every Dog has been trying to teach every human
since the very beginning of time.

Ten Things My Dog Taught Me That Made It Possible for Me to Get Married"

American wood carver,
furniture maker, painter,
and author.
1948 – 2010
Welcome: All Creeds, All Breeds. No Dogmas Allowed.”
• • •

I’ve learned so much more about love from my dogs than I ever did from my parents or the church. They’re really great teachers. They love you with their whole heart.”
One of the animals which a generous and sociable man would soonest become is a Dog. A Dog can have a friend; he has affections and character, he can equally enjoy the field and the fireside; he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates; he offends, and is pardoned; he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow.”
"To his Dog, every man is King;
hence the constant popularity of Dogs."
"Every Dog is brave on his own doorstep."

Mascott of the
" Fighting 69th"

"Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked."
"Man is a Dog's idea of what god should be."
"I shall take it kindly if he be not too often gratified with tidbits between meals. 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 he will adore you and the more all the latent beauty of his nature will come out."
"Dog Jennings"
British antiquarian, collector and gambler, best known for the Roman sculpture
known as
The Jennings Dog
A fine Dog it was, and a lucky Dog was I to purchase it."

The Jennings Dog
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.”
"With the exception of women, there is nothing on earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the Dog.”
Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has
to choose a relative.”

Professor of nursing at the U. of Mo. and Director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction

"If treadmills provided the kind of reinforcement that dogs do, we wouldn't have the obesity epidemic that we do."


"I'd rather see a portrait of a Dog that I know than all the
allegorical paintings they can show me in the world."

Scratch a Dog and you'll find a permanent job.”
Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a Dog.”

"Men may come and go, but Dogs walk (and sniff) on forever."

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty.
They depart to teach us about loss."
We try to replace them but never quite succeed. A new Dog never replaces an old Dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many Dogs,
your heart is very big."
She anointeth my head with saliva."
In a world of hypocrisy and betrayal, Dogs are direct. They never lie."
Finally, a day came when she lay in her own pee and couldn't get up. We cried while the vet attached the pink plastic butterfly to her vein. We cried when the poison went in and she trustingly took the dose. Her eyes remained open. A terrible shudder shook her body. A whole chapter in my life closed."

From "A Woman's Best Friend" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

American eugenicist, ichthyologist, educator and peace activist; president of Indiana University and Stanford University
(1851 – 1931)

"When a Dog barks at the moon,
then it is religion;
but when he barks at strangers,
it is patriotism!"

English dramatist
and poet
"A good Dog deserves a good bone."
Dogs recognize each other by a combination of vision and smell. They initially visually identify another animal as a 'Dog' and immediately approach it to smell it and ascertain its degree of 'Dogness', as well as other information about that Dog.”
All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers
is contained in the Dog.”
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
Technology and dog writer

Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives. They can’t really be held responsible for what they do.
But we can.”

From "The Dogs of Bedlam Farm"
But one thing is sure: When Donna dies, she will not be alone. Harry will be by her side, singing his own kind of song. She will leave this world feeling loved."

From "Donna and Harry" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

"That same quality (listening to others) made each of his children feel deeply loved and made all of our nine dogs worship him, especially Freckles, who followed him on the campaign trail."
with Freckles
He usually stays at home with the children. But the children are away on vacation and he gets very lonely. So I bring him down here and get pretty girls to take him for walks.”
Dogs are miracles with paws."
"The Dog is the most faithful of animal and would be much esteemed were it not so common.  Our lord god has made his greatest gifts the commonest."
2 KINGS 8:13
"Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?"
Young blood must have its course, lad, and every Dog its day.”

English writer

His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.”
Buy a Pup and your money will buy love unflinching."

The Australian DINGO

American non-fiction author, member of the editorial board of
The New York Times since 1997
(b. 1952)

No one shoots a wolf to keep from going hungry..., they have been brought back only to be killed again."


Darcy at Her Days’ End
The New York Times: December 19, 2009
Editorial Notebook

Not quite 15 years ago, my wife adopted a mixed-breed puppy she found tied to a storage tank behind a gas station in Great Barrington, Mass. I say she adopted it because I wasn’t quite sold on the idea. We had a new pup already — a border terrier named Tavish — and this gangly new addition looked, in comparison, like a badly made dog. Darcy’s feet were too small for her body, her hind knees were weak, and her coat made her look like a wire-haired golden retriever. But who ever loved a dog less because it was ugly?

And now, suddenly, it’s all these years later. Darcy still lies on the lawn, basking like a lioness, and barks at the pickups going up the road. Much of the day she still has the look of an indomitably gratified mutt. But there are hours now when her eyes, a little misty with cataracts, seem worried, hollow. And she has stopped eating, or rather, she eats with deliberation and reluctance, a spoonful of this, a forkful of that.

Which means that now is the time for a hard decision. According to the vet, there are no signs of disease, other than the disease of age — nothing to force our hand. When Tavish died, four years ago, his liver was failing, and there was no choice but to sit on the floor and hold him while the vet inserted the final needle. It’s somehow not surprising that Darcy raises the matter of our responsibility in its purest form.

I’ve known too many owners who waited far too long to put their dogs to sleep, and I’ve always hated the sentimentality and the selfishness in their hesitation. Last week, watching Darcy out in the sun, it felt as though I was trying to decide just when most of the life — the good life, that is — inside her has been used up. Is it conscionable to wait until it’s plainly gone? Or is it better to err on the side of saying goodbye while she’s still discernibly Darcy, while she seems, as she nearly always does, to be without pain?

It comes down, in the end, to the pleasure she shows, the interest she takes in the world around her — and not to anything her humans feel. She has not had the life she might once have expected — a far better one instead. My job is to make sure she gets the death she deserves — in her human’s arms.

And so she has. She died quietly last Friday while I sat on the floor beside her at the vet’s. The world is a poorer place without her.


"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."
The Dog had introduced to her field of vision some previously unavailable hue and, without the Dog, that color was gone."
When I'm feeling bad or thinking about something I can't handle, I pick up my Dogs and it helps for the moment. It may not be the perfect relationship we all hope to have with a human, but it's a relationship. And love is love."

From "The Color Joy" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

"The small percentage of dogs that bite people is monumental proof that the dog in the most benign, forgiving creature on earth."
"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."

Unitarian Universalist minister; author of books about animals
(b. n/a)
"Everyone needs a spiritual guide: a minister, rabbi, counselor, wise friend, or therapist. My own wise friend is my Dog. He has deep knowledge to impart. He makes friends easily and doesn't hold a grudge. He enjoys simple pleasures and takes each day as it comes. Like a true Zen master he eats when he is hungry and sleeps when he is tired. He's not hung up about sex. Best of all, he befriends me with an unconditional love that human beings would do well to imitate."
Czech writer, b. 1929

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.”
The very beginning of Genesis tells us that god created man in order to give him dominion over fish and fowl and all creatures.  Of course, Genesis was written by a man, not a horse.  There is no certainty that god actually did grant man dominion over other creatures.  What seems more likely, in fact, is that man invented god to sanctify the dominion that he had usurped for himself over the cow and the horse.  Yes, the right to kill a deer or a cow is the only thing all of mankind can agree upon, even during the bloodiest of wars."

See anything you like so far, something so... Fido, that perfect match to Fido,
so on the nose, so written just for him?

and let's see what we can come up with...

And he’s housebroken – he’s broken every room in the house!”

"My Dog Chandi lives in the holy now. She daily instructs me, without words or lesson plans, in the meaning of the golden eternity, here and now, every single day. Divinity gleams in a Dog's eye."
Dogs teach us about faith, trust and devotion; how never to give up; and how to keep coming back and just showing up, which is more than half the battle. They teach us how to devotedly serve a higher master, how to attend and wait, and how to let go of a grudge. But most of all, they teach us about the meaning and experience of unconditional love."
In the presence of a Dog, you love and are loved.
And all that love helps purify our karma."
If there is any attachment worth holding on to, it is love of my Dog."

From "God Is Dog Spelled Properly" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

"The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master."
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence
that you are wonderful.”
"Dogs are Masters of what IS. They do not clutter their lives with should of's, could of's, would of's or what if's. They take Today in their teeth and run with it. There is a tremendous lesson in that."

"Cave canem"

"Beware of the dog!"

Cave canem, te necet lingendo”
Beware of the dog, he may lick you
to death”

(Portrait by Hirschfeld)

"No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation."

"If you are a Dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater...
suggest that he wear a tail.”


QDo you think cats and Dogs are capable of rational thought?

A • Rationality is generally located in the prefrontal cortex, and while that brain area is really big in humans, it’s a pretty small part of the Dog brain. This is why Dogs don’t play chess — they chase Frisbees.

Q My Dog strikes me as basically rational, except when she barks at garbage bags.

A • Your poor Dog is like a 4-year-old, because 4-years-olds still don’t have a fully formed prefrontal cortex, which is the last part of the brain to develop.

Interview NYTimes Magazine by Deborah Solomon


No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend
and companion than a Dog.”

"I care not for a man's religion whose Dog and cat are not the better for it."

Me and you and a dog named boo
Travelin' and livin' off the land
Me and you and a dog named boo
How I love being a free man
American novelist and short story writer, avowed socialist
(1876 - 1916)
"A bone to the Dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the Dog,
when you are just as hungry as the Dog."
"There is no faith which has never yet been broken
except that of a truly faithful Dog."

American psychological anthropologist, professor of anthropology at Stanford University and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times

(b. 1959)

"When my dog Dorothea died — she was the first dog I’d chosen for myself, and she had looked at me in a certain way when I visited the shelter, making me feel that I could not leave without her — she left a nearly unbearable ache in my heart. Dogs do this: They hold joy and love and solace in a way humans can’t, and then they die. But after she died, I heard her. I was sitting at my desk and the sounds of her nails tap-tapping down the wood floor of the hall came to my ears, and only when I turned to look for her did I remember that she was gone. Sometimes I felt her presence, like a heaviness on my lap or at my side. Sometimes I still do."
"The Dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest."

Belgian Nobel laureate
Playwrite, Poet,






























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.”
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."
"Ah, the dust-bin! Inexhaustable treasury,receptacle of windfalls,
the jewel of the house."

The Dog is the only living being that has found and recognizes an indubitable, tangible and definite god. He knows to whom above him to give himself. He has not to seek for a superior and infinite power."

"There is the great ancestral duty, the essential duty, which not even man's will and anger are able to check.

"All our humble history, linked with that of the Dog in our first in our first struggles against every breathing thing, tends to prevent his forgetting it. And when , in our safer dwelling-places of today, we happen to punish him for his untimely zeal, he throws us a glance of astonished reproach, as though to point out to us that we are in the wrong and that, if we lose sight of the main clause in the treaty of alliance which he made with us at the time when we lived in caves, forests and fens, he continues, he continues faithful to it in spite of us and remains nearer to the eternal truth of life, which is full of snares and hostile forces.

"But how much care and study are needed to succeed in fulfilling this duty! And how complicated it has become since the days of the silent caverns and great deserted lakes! It was all so simple then, so easy and s clear. The lonely hollow opened upon the side of the hill, and all that approached, all that moved on the horizon of the plains or woods, was the unmistakable enemy.

"...But today you can no longer tell... You have to acquaint yourself with a civilization of which you disapprove, to appear to understand a thousand incomprehensible things... Thus it seems evident that henceforth the whole world no longer belongs to the master, that his property conforms to unintelligible limits...

"It becomes necessary, therefore, to know exactly where the sacred domain begins and ends. Whom are you to suffer, whom to stop? ... There is the road by which everyone, even the poor, has the right to pass. Why? You do not know; it is a fact which you deplore, but which you are bound to accept.

"Fortunately, on the other hand, here is the fair path which none may tread. This path is faithful to the sound traditions; it is not to be lost sight of; for by it enter into your daily existence the difficult problems of life."

(from 'Our Friend The Dog')

"I love my dogs. They're the only people I know who, when I step through the door, greet me like I'm the Beatles."
German writer
"Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote."
"Pet a dog where he can't scratch and he'll always be your friend."
"Outside of a Dog, a book is a man's best friend
and, inside a Dog, it's too dark to read."
(age 8)
"Love is when your Puppy licks your face
even after you left him alone all day."
Dogs are love.”

"The pure and simple joy that radiates out from our Dogs every time we come home is rarely duplicated in human greetings and it can elicit the feeling of pure love that we all seek from infancy onward."
But I doubt Luke has to practice meditating to be able to experience the kind of spiritual peace humans have to learn to find. Being nonverbal allows an otherwise intelligent, highly connected animal to live in the present without the hailstorm of internal conversations that complicate our human lives. If you think about it, most of what we 'talk' about in our own heads isn't about the present, it's about the past or future. But Dogs keep us firmly rooted in the here and now, and that, it turns out, is a notable accomplishment."

From "Love Is Never Having to Say Anything at All" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT


American novelist
(b. 1939)
"I'd be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness."
British fashion designer
(1969 – 2010)

"My dogs are the only thing in the world I really trust. They're loyal and their love is unconditional. There's an honesty between me and my dogs. If I do anything bad, they're like: 'Here he goes—he's a freak.'"


"Please look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you. Lee."

(from his suicide note on 11 February 2010)

Minter, Juice, and Callum

No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as Dogs and horses.”


"A Dog is very religious and its religion is free from superstition. The god it believes in is its master, and that god actually exists, and is actually concerned about its welfare, and actually rewards it and punishes it, on a plan comprehensible to Dogs and meeting with their approval, for its virtues and vices. Dogs need not waste any time over insoluble theological problems. Their god is plainly visible and wholly understandable -- they have no need of clergy to guess for them, mislead them and get them into trouble."

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animals."
Living with a Dog is easy - like living with an idealist."


The Dog Whisperer
World transformation begins with self-transformation. My suggestion is you have somebody next to you that is willing at any time to transform the moment.
That is called Dog."
American writer
and reporter
I think Dog ownership, or cohabitation, really, teaches you a lesson no matter what. For most people that lesson is about the way love and simplicity and togetherness can provide respite from the slings and arrows of our human days. For me, it’s about accepting Dave for who he is."
"Dogs never bite me. Just humans."
"I wonder what goes through his head when he sees us peeing
in his water bowl."
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the Dog does."
"The work of dogs is to love and be loved."
I sometimes think that dogs are around to make us sillier than we are."
Certainly they don’t challenge you in the ways a spouse, parent or child can. But in their own way, they do get you to think beyond your own needs a little. If you don’t believe that, try walking an unhappy dog at midnight in the pouring rain."
She’s just not the dog I imagined losing my freedom for,” I wailed like a freaked-out groom before his wedding night. “She’s too small. She’s just too gay!”
A little dog I didn’t think I wanted has turned out to be exactly what we needed. We only had to tweak her name a tiny bit to make it work for our own self-consciously ironic purposes. Instead of Zoe, she is now Zoloft.
And she is as good as her name."
President, Best Friends Animal Society

"It's not that no-kill is a better way; it's that stopping the killing is the only way.

"As long as the humane establishment accepts killing as a solution, there will never be a solution. And the sooner they take killing off the table, once and for all, the sooner the shelters will adopt the real solutions.

"And the sooner we take killing off the table as a means to relating to people whom we don't like, the sooner we'll bring an end to war
as a way of bringing about peace."

British novelist
(b. 1919)
"Dogs are very different from cats in that they can be images of human virtue.
They are like us."
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in?
I think that's how Dogs spend their lives."

A door is what a Dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.”

"A dog's best friend is his illiteracy."


You would have to look a long, long time to find a dishonest or cruel [Dog]. And the odds are that, if you did find one, it was made cruel or dishonest by the company it kept with humans. It is no exaggeration to say that nearly every [ Dog ] ... is pure of heart.”

Adapted from ‘One Horse Dies’, New York Times Editorial,
30 January 2007

"We do a lot of things — seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting — reasonably well but with nothing remotely resembling the acuity of creatures who do these things for a living."

Editorial: An Electrifying Ancestor
October 18, 2011

Hunters want to kill wolves because wolves kill elk — and the human hunters want the elk. A second reason is a love of killing things. A third is an implacable, and unjustified, hostility to the wolf.”

Editorial: Wolf Season Begins
1 September 2009

"People also need to realize the responsibility they are taking on before they buy or adopt any dog. The dogs deserve a safe, caring and permanent home. (And, if it’s a shorthaired chihuahua going to the Northeast in winter, a sweater.)"

Editorial: Chihuahua Tale
14 December 2009

The relationship between man and Dog can often be as complex as that between man and woman.”
Founder and CEO, National Canine Cancer Foundation
"The passion that moves us forward is from
experiencing what Cancer really does to the one's we love.
We are driven because there is a hole in our soul
where once was the love of our Dog."
(Portrait by Edvard Munch)
The world was conquered through the understanding of Dogs; the world exists through the understanding of Dogs.”
And you know, the kids, like all kids, loved the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we are going to keep it.”
"He cannot be a gentleman which loveth not a Dog."
American President
We have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So — so whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”
US President
Barack Obama's

"Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize ... and it is Bo's birthday."




























I, SILVERDENE EMBLEM O'NEILL (familiarly known to my family, friends, and acquaintances as Blemie), because the burden of my years and infirmities is heavy upon me, and I realize the end of my life is near, do hereby bury my last will and testament in the mind of my Master. He will not know it is there until after I am dead. Then, remembering me in his loneliness, he will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask him then to inscribe it as a memorial to me.

I have little in the way of material things to leave. Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They 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 I have to bequeath except my love and my faith. These I leave to all those who have loved me, to my Master and Mistress, who I know will mourn me most, to Freeman who has been so good to me, to Cyn and Roy and Willie and Naomi and -- But if I should list all those who have loved me, it would force my Master to write a book. Perhaps it is vain of me to boast when I am so near death, which returns all beasts and vanities to dust, but I have always been an extremely lovable dog.

I ask my Master and Mistress to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to them in time of sorrow, and a reason for added joy in their happiness. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause them pain. Let them remember that while no dog has ever had a happier life (and this I owe to their love and care for me), now that I have grown blind and deaf and lame, and even my sense of smell fails me so that a rabbit could be right under my nose and I might not know, my pride has sunk to a sick, bewildered humiliation. I feel life is taunting me with having over-lingered my welcome. It is time I said good-bye, before I become too sick a burden on myself and on those who love me. It will be sorrow to leave them, but not a sorrow to die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life. What may come after death, who knows? I would like to believe with those of my fellow Dalmatians who are devout Mohammedans, that there is a Paradise where one is always young and full-bladdered; where all the day one dillies and dallies with an amorous multitude of houris, beautifully spotted; where jack rabbits that run fast but not too fast (like the houris) are as the sands of the desert; where each blissful hour is mealtime; where in long evenings there are a million fireplaces with logs forever burning, and one curls oneself up and blinks into the flames and nods and dreams, remembering the old brave days on earth, and the love of one's Master and Mistress.

I am afraid this is too much for even such a dog as I am to expect. But peace, at least, is certain. Peace and long rest for weary old heart and head and limbs, and eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well. Perhaps, after all, this is best.

One last request I earnestly make. I have heard my Mistress say, "When Blemie dies we must never have another dog. I love him so much I could never love another one." Now I would ask her, for love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me in the family, now she cannot live without a dog! I have never had a narrow jealous spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good (and one cat, the black one I have permitted to share the living room rug during the evenings, whose affection I have tolerated in a kindly spirit, and in rare sentimental moods, even reciprocated a trifle). Some dogs, of course, are better than others. Dalmatians, naturally, as everyone knows, are best. So I suggest a Dalmatian as my successor. He can hardly be as well bred or as well mannered or as distinguished and handsome as I was in my prime. My Master and Mistress must not ask the impossible. But he will do his best, I am sure, and even his inevitable defects will help by comparison to keep my memory green. To him I bequeath my collar and leash and my overcoat and raincoat, made to order in 1929 at Hermes in Paris. He can never wear them with the distinction I did, walking around the Place Vendôme, or later along Park Avenue, all eyes fixed on me in admiration; but again I am sure he will do his utmost not to appear a mere gauche provincial dog. Here on the ranch, he may prove himself quite worthy of comparison, in some respects. He will, I presume, come closer to jack rabbits than I have been able to in recent years. And for all his faults, I hereby wish him the happiness I know will be his in my old home.

One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: "Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved."

No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you,
and not all the power of death can keep my spirit
from wagging a greatful tail.”

Rule 46: 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.”
American humorist

"Why, that dog is practically a Phi Beta Kappa. She can sit up and beg, and she can give her paw - I don't say she will, but she can."


You can't teach an old dogma new tricks.”

If you think Dogs can't count, try putting three Dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.”

"I want to learn to love like this, the way we love our Dogs, with pride and enthusiasm and complete amnesia for faults. In short, to love others the way our Dogs love us."
When did mammals get confused? Who can't look at a baby and a puppy and see that there are some very marked differences? You can't leave babies at home alone with a chew toy when you go to the movies. Babies will not shimmy under the coves to sleep on your feet when you're cold. Babies, for all their unarguable charms, will not run with you in the park,wait by the door for you to return, and, as far as I can tell, know absolutely nothing of unconditional love."
I imagine there are people out there who got a Dog when what they wanted was a baby, but I wonder if there aren't other people who had a baby when all they rely needed was a Dog."

From "This Dog's Life" in DOG IS MY CO-PILOT

"This woman came over and said, ' Al, how are you? How's the Dogs? How's all this?' and I was with a bunch of friends and I thought, And this is..., and I realized I had no idea, it wasn't that I had forgotten her neme, it was that I had never known her name. I knew her Dog...I mean, I had no idea. And, this was not someone that I just knew very casually, this was somebody that I probably walked with three or four mornings a week. But you always find you know a lot more Dogs thab you know people, which, I think, says something about who's worth knowing anyway."
Biographical data & image n/a
I am sorry to say that animals also exhibit faith in your sense, imagine a dog and its owner. The dog has faith that the owner will not mix in poison with the daily portion of dog food.”
"The best way to get a Puppy is to beg for a baby brother -
and they'll settle for a Puppy every time."
Spanish War Correspondant and Novelist
"Por los hombres suceden las desgracias, no por las pobres bestias."
("By men do misfortunes occur, not by the poor beasts.")

Canadian educator and hierarchiologist
Formulated the
Peter Principle

"Noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it."
Commander of United States forces in Afghanistan from June 2010;
potential Central Intelligence Agency Director upon retirement from the Army in September 2011
(b. 1952)


The capability they [Dogs] bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

"To a man the greatest blessing is individual liberty;
to a dog it is the last word in despair."

"Dogs were used by artists in portraits to convey a wide range of subtle message and in various different symbolic roles, but their inclusion can, in many instances, be distilled to one simple reason -- they were beloved companions and, as such, it was a matter of course for them to be painted alongside their masters."


Very sad, had to have my beloved Lucy put to sleep. She is/was my black lab. I keep thinking I see her, perhaps I do. Anyway, it made me realise how I have never loved a man as much as I love my dogs! (apart from my dad)."

"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.”
"A Dog has the soul of a philosopher.”
The disposition of noble Dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know...How, then, can the Dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien."
Roman playwright
c. 254–184 BC
"Homo homini lupus"
an is a wolf to man."
The greatest love is a mother's, then a Dog's,
then a sweetheart's."
"If it be the chief point of friendship to comply with a friend's notions and inclinations, he possesses this to an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit and walks when I walk, which is more than many good friends can pretend to do."
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity
of Dogs than of friends.”
"True mercy is nobility's true badge. He who does not restrict harmless conduct to man, but extends it to other animals, most closely approaches divinity."
"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks
better than other folks do, isn't it?"
Beware of silent Dogs and still waters.”
"A man, a horse, and a Dog are never weary of each other's company"
"If a Dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the sky."
Dog Rock, San Juan
"Como el rabo del perro, atrasado."
Behind, like a Dog's tail."
Dog Food

My pet.
My confidant.
My nap partner.
My co-conspirator.
My weekend plan.
My inspiration.
My favorite audience.
My higher caling.
My dinner companion.

My reason for getting up in the morning.

My passion.

Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician
(c.570 – c. 495 BCE)

"Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul."

• • •

"As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other."


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

French author and humorist
(c. 1483-1553)

"The remedy for thirst?
It is the opposite of the one for a dog bite:
run always after a dog, he'll never bite you;
drink always before thirst, and it will never overtake you."

I think Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.” 
"Our Dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage."
A top dog bites back (with a smile).”

"Beneath the bed there was a contented munching and groaning sound. Gargantua, large of body but small of brain, was consuming an ox bone. Useless in the hunt, useless on the watch, he was born the size of a large lapdog, and since then had done nothing but eat and grow. No one knew when he would quit. But he was a devoted creature, so mother wouldn't let father get rid of him."

• • •

"But once over the bridge and past the trees,as I turned to say a last farewell to home and family, I saw a lolloping hound, nearly as big as a calf, running in pursuit. His tongue was hanging outand his great, ugly, spotted facewas frozen in an expression of foolish earernestness and utter adoration. It was Gargantua."

God ... sat down for a moment when the Dog was finished in order to watch it... and to know that it was good, that nothing was lacking, that it could not have been made better.”
From the Dog's point of view, his master is an elongated
and abnormally cunning Dog.”
"No man can be condemed 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."
If there are no Dogs in Heaven, then, when I die, I want to go where they went.”
If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's Dog around.”
I love a Dog.  He does nothing for political reasons.”
"The more I see of men, the more I admire Dogs."

"The average Dog is a nicer person than the average person."

"Much the most individual of the Dogs and the one with the strongest character was Sailor Boy, a Chesapeake Bay Dog. He had a masterful temperament and a strong sense of both dignity and duty. He would never let the other Dogs fight, and he himself never fought unless circumstances imperatively demanded it."
Animals are joining the ranks of small, bored children who must accompany their grown-ups just about everyplace. Can’t tie up my kid on a leash outside, so why should I do it to my dog?”
Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model
I do like a lot of animals, but dogs are so close to us.”
Sometimes when a man is alone, that’s all you got is your Dog.”
"I wonder if other Dogs think Poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”
"My husband and I are either going to buy a Dog or have a child. We can't decide to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives."
Veterinarian at the Southwest Michigan Animal Emergency Hospital
A leash is a lot cheaper than the emergency vet.”
No matter how little money and how few possesions you own,
having a Dog makes you rich.”
(1934 - 1996)
"Humans - who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals - have an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain..  A sharp distinction between humans and "animals" is essential is we are to bend them to our will, wear them, eat them - without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret."

Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend. Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”

Soap actor commits suicide after pup's 'forced' euthanasia
January 28, 2012

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"Dogs are not people dressed up in fur coats
and to deny them their nature is to do them great harm."
Happiness is a warm Puppy.”
"Don't make the mistake of treating your Dogs like humans
or they'll treat you like Dogs."

"Recollect that the almighty, who gave the Dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit."
I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten to twelve years, what would it be if they were to double?"

"To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those of us who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman."
Spanish guitarrist

"Among god's creatures two, the Dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not to be separated from the man."

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among god's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair,
for he is the harbinger of death."



"Blessed is the person  who has earned the love of an old Dog."

"Sir, he's a good Dog and a fair Dog. Can there be more said?
he is good, and fair."

• • •

Cry 'Havoc', and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial”

• • •

Immortal gods, I crave no pelf;
I pray for no man but myself:
Grant I may never prove so fond,
To trust man on his oath or bond;
Or a harlot, for her weeping;
Or a Dog, that seems a-sleeping:
Or a keeper with my freedom;
Or my friends, if I should need 'em.


If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his Dog.”

I like a bit of Mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a Dog;
they're the best for everyday.”
"Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."
I would say that there must be a special place in hell reserved for people who torture animals.  Until you get there, you'll deal with me."
Acquiring a Dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has
to choose a relative.”
"The higher power is lower to the ground and walks on four feet."
Father of the animal rights movement
"We cannot justify giving less weight to the interests of non-human animals than we give to the similar interests of human beings."
"Like many other much-loved humans, they believed that they owned their Dogs, instead of realizing that their Dogs owned them."
My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm Happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?”
Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a Dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a Dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement."
It’s hard to hide behind someone who’s vertical
when you’re horizontal.”
Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I feel very peculiar. I feel like I've just got to bite a cat! I feel like if I don't bite a cat before sundown, I'll go crazy! But then I just take a deep breath and forget about it. That's what is known as real maturity.”
To live is to dance, to dance is to live.”
Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves and then we have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes.I know what I need. I need more hellos.”

"All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a Dog."
If you can’t run with the big Dogs, stay on the porch.”
"Perro que ladra no muerde."
A Dog that barks doesn't bite."
(b. n/a)

Sit happens.”


Sorry, we don't do husbands, wives or kids.”


"I know this much: My Dog, Leo, who once had a modeling job and wrecked the set and stole the director's steak, hasn't earned a dime since, but he is still worth a million bucks."


So you see, it’s not that President Obama didn’t want to send Hillary in to do what she was hired to do. It’s just that, when you deal with a rat [Kim Sung-Il], you send in a Hound Dog [Bill Clinton].”


"I am I because my little Dog knows me."
"I've seen the look in Dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I'm convinced that Dogs think humans are nuts."
Sir, this is a unique Dog. He does not live by tooth or fang. He respects the right of cats to be cats although he doesn't admire them. He turns his steps rather than disturb an earnest caterpillar. His greatest fear is that someone will point out a rabbit and suggest that he chase it. This is a Dog of peace and tranquility.”
You think Dogs won’t be in heaven? I tell you,
they will be there long before any of us.”


Without Dogs, how would we get rid of that new car smell?”

This was not the first time I had to put an old dog out of misery, but it’s harder every time. It felt strange to make such an important decision for such a strong-willed dog. But this was the last act of love I could show him. (That is, aside from feeding him a last supper consisting of his preferred special-occasion snack: two J.G. Melon cheeseburgers served medium rare, hold the onion and pickle.) So I gathered my courage and bit the bullet.”

American actress
(b. 1932)


Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses."

If Dogs are not there, it is not heaven.”
For thousands of years humans and Dogs have been the best of friends. How they came together we can only guess. James Thurber would have us believe that the first man brought the first Dog to his cave ... but, just as likely, the first woman ... beckoned the first dog to sit by the fire. The first Dog sat and stayed, and so captivated its audience that someone reached for a charred stick and drew a sketch of the first Dog – now the first pet – on the cave wall.”

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain Dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
To me, a Dog-lover is one Dog who loves another Dog.”
I can say on firsthand authority that Poodles do not like brandy; all they like is champagne and they prefer it in a metal bowl.”
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."

American actor, comedian, writer and producer
(b. 1939)
"They're our creatures, they're just everything."
They have an innocence and a goodness because they're not ambitious."
Dogs want to love their people and actors need to love their audience.
Dogs have all the empathetic qualities that a good actor should have."
Unted States President,
War Criminal who deployed the Atomic Bomb on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945
"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog."
Children and Dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as
Wall Street and the railroads."
Dogs' lives are too short.  Their only fault, really.”
"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your Dog would go in."
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."
The Dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's.”
Ever consider what Dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!”


A breakup with his fianceé caused Unger to enter a depression. One night he went to a breakwater in Lake Michigan with thoughts of suicide.

To be honest with you, I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me [that night)]. He just snapped me out of it. I don’t know how to explain it. He just snapped me out of it. … I just want to do whatever I can for this dog because he basically saved my ass.

“What was going through my mind when [photographer] Hannah Hudson was taking those pictures was that this may be the last time I’m going to be swimming with him.”



John Unger cradles his sleeping 19-year-old dog, Schoep, in the waters of Lake Superior near Bayfield. At at 19 years old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior and lulls him to sleep.
"If you don't have a Dog ~ at least one ~ there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."
Auugh! I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get some hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!”


served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1879 to 1903 and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time. This delightful speech is from an earlier period in his life when he practiced law in a small Missouri town. It was given in court while representing a man who sued another for the killing of his dog. During the trial, Vest ignored the testimony, and when his turn came to present a summation to the jury, he made the following speech and won the case.







"Gentlemen of the Jury:

The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

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. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.

George Graham Vest - c. 1855

"Though parents, husbands, children, lovers, and friends are all very well,
they are not Dogs."
"If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy."
Woman from Qinghai province in northwest China paid $582,000 for "Yangtze River Number Two", a record amount for a dog
"Gold has a price but this Tibetan Mastiff doesn't."
Humorist,writer, journalist and editor
"We paid the whopping hospital bill with no regrets. Max, alive and well, is worth every penny. Even if he hadn’t made it through, knowing that we had done all we could for him would have been worth that price. More important, the whole experience has made me very hopeful about how Tom and Amy are likely to treat me when I’m old and frail.

And the peace of mind I get from that?

"My little Dog - a heartbeat at my feet."
"A really companionable and indispensable Dog is an accident of nature. You can’t get it by breeding for it, and you can’t buy it with money. It just happens along.”
Liberals are like Dogs: The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man’s invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog’s way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk."
"Old Dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well."
Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost
a dog yesterday.”

(1929 – 2003)
English moral philosopher

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a Puppy
licking your face.”
"If a Dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."
"The dogs feed my soul…I think there's no other feeling in the world like that."
"Now, I am a mixer. I can't help it. It's my nature. I like men. I like the taste of their shoes, the smell of their legs, the sound of their voices. It may be weak of me, but a man has only to speak to me, and a sort of thrill goes down my spine
and sets my tail wagging."
It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up."
Irish author and Dog trainer

"The Dog has an enviable mind; it remembers the nice things in life and quickly blots out the nasty."
I've caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing Dogs."
Dogs understand your moods and your thoughts, and if you are thinking unpleasant things about your Dog, he will pick it up and be downhearted."

Why is it that my heart is so touched whenever I meet a Dog lost in our noisy streets? Why do I feel such anguished pity when I see one of these creatures coming and going, sniffing everyone, frightened, despairing of ever finding its master?”

* All derrogatory, Canine derived epithets
-- i.e.: 'bitch' (female Dog), 'dog' (unsightly female, promiscuous male), 'animal' (someone reckless, less-than-human), doghouse (being in or sent to as punishment for bad behaviouron bad terms), et al -- as 'hate speech' and WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

By DOGHOUSE law, the name of 'Dog' must always be capitalized and is never to be taken in vain.


e 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.”
"To err is human, to forgive, canine."
My goal in life is to be as good of a person
my dog already thinks I am.”
Taking me for a walk and not letting me
check stuff out, exactly whose walk is it anyway?”
- Anonymous Dog
Some days you’re the dog,
some days you’re the hydrant.”
The reason a dog has so many friends is
that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.”
If your dog is fat,
you aren't getting enough exercise.”
"A man with his dog is a happy man."
- A woman in Washington Square
Those are the nicest children I’ve seen.”
- A Man in Orange County, NY
"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one."
"I know that saving one animal will not save the world.... But surely, for that animal, the world will change forever.”
"To a Dog, the whole world is a smell."
Saving one Dog won’t change the world but it will change the world for that one Dog.”
"All of the good things that have come to me have come through my Dog."


"If you can't eat it or hump it. Pee on it and walk away."

Anything strike your fancy, stir your imagination?
Is that not the perfect quote for that Pup close to you?


and let's see what we can come up with...


ust this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow BridgeWhen an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.



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