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Below is a collection of some of our favorite dog quotes. Regardless of the occasion or your state of mind you can find one that will resonate with you. Enjoy!

"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals" ~ Anonymous

"Who can believe that there is no soul behind the luminous eyes of a do." ~ Theophile Gautier

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." ~ Roger Caras
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"The greatest 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

"Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem." ~Benjamin Hoff

"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way." ~ John Muir

"The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into." ~ Bruce Schimmel

"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity." ~ George Bernard Shaw

"Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." ~ Mark Twain

"Dogs are my favorite people." ~ Richard Dean Anderson

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." ~ Rita Rudner

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs." ~ Charles de Gaulle

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." ~ Aldous Huxley

"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

"A species so intimately involved with our own, which has shared our life since time immemorial." ~ Alfred Barbou

"A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life." ~ Bob Barker

"A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself." ~ Josh Billings

"Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail." ~ Josh Billings

"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
"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." ~ Roger Caras

"Dogs don't know about beginnings, and they don't speculate on matters that occurred before their time. Dogs also don't know - or at least don't accept - the  concept of death. With no concept of beginnings or endings dogs probably don't know that for people having a dog as a life companion provides a streak of light between two eternities of darkness." ~ Stanley Coren

"It is scarcely possible to doubt that the love of man has become instinctive in the dog." ~ Charles Darwin
"I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source." ~ Doris Day

"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." ~ George Eliot

"The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me." ~ Helen Exley

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" ~ Anatole France

"Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail." ~ Kinky Friedman

"If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them." ~  Pam Brown

"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

"A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, big or small, young or old. He doesn't care if you're not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector." ~Louis Sabin
"My dog, she looks at me sometimes with that look, and I think maybe deep down inside she must know exactly how I feel. But then maybe she just wants the food off my plate." ~ Unknown

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." ~ Bern Williams

"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." ~ Jack London

"A dog wags its tail with its heart." ~ Martin Buxbaum

"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet."  ~ Edith Wharton

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

"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job."  ~ Franklin P. Jones

"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."  ~ Corey Ford

"With the exception of women, there is nothing on earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the dog."  ~ Edward Jesse

"Dogs do laugh, but they laugh with their tails."  ~ Max Eastman

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am."  ~ Author Unknown

"The more I see of man, the more I like dogs."  ~ Mme. de Staël

"A cat, after being scolded, goes about its business.  A dog slinks off into a corner and pretends to be doing a serious self-reappraisal."  ~ Robert Brault

"Happiness is a warm puppy."  ~ Charles M. Schulz

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does." ~Christopher Morley

"Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?" ~ Robert Brault

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."  ~ Robert Benchley

"There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog."  ~ Konrad Lorenz

"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."  ~ Woodrow Wilson

"You think dogs will not be in heaven?  I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Children are for people who can't have dogs."  ~ Author Unknown

"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude." ~ Robert Brault
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language" ~ Martin Buber

"The kind man feeds his beast before sitting down to dinner." ~ Hebrew Proverb

"It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being." ~ Henry David Thoreau
"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." ~ Colette

"Be it human or animal, touch is a life-giving thing.  Has anyone ever had a stroke or a heart attack while cozied up with a pet?  I doubt it." ~ Robert Brault
"I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand." ~ Robert Brault
"Most pets display so many humanlike traits and emotions it's easy to forget they're not gifted with the English language and then get snubbed when we talk to them and they don't say anything back." ~ Stephenie Geist
"The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~ Jeremy Bentham
"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." ~  Leonardo Da Vinci

"Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to." ~ Joe Gores
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." ~ Ann Landers
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." ~ James Herriot

"To err is human, to forgive, canine." ~ Author Unknown

"The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic." ~ Henry Ward Beecher
"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

"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one." ~ Author Unknown

"The dog represents all that is best in man." ~ Etienne Charlet
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." ~ Andrew A. Rooney
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man." ~ St. Francis of Assisi
"The trouble with loving is that pets don't last long enough and people last too long."~ Author Unknown

"A dog is not 'almost human' and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such." ~J ohn Holmes

"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

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace." ~  Milan Kundera

'Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued into the next yard." ~ Dave Barry

"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to." ~ Alfred A. Montapert

"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"' ~ Dave Barry

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." ~  Dereke Bruce

"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." ~ Unknown

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~ Unknown

"A well trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch.  He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it."  ~ Helen Thomson

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human.  The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." ~ Edward Hoagland

"Dogs Are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." ~ Roger Caras

"Dogs love company. They place it first in their short list of needs." ~ J.R.Ackerly

“Dogs are miracles with paws.” ~ Susan Ariel

“Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be.” ~ Holbrook Jackson

"The dog represents all that is best in man." ~ Etienne Charlet

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