" 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
" To err is human,
to forgive canine."
"If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go
where they went."
- Will Rogers, 1897-1935
"A dog is 'almost human' and I know of no greater
insult to the canine race than to describe it as such."
- John Holmes
"Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish,
a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and
carefree as a dog."
- James Thurber - And So To Medve
"If you pick up a starving Dog and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference between
a dog and a man..."
- Mark Twain
"Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless
he's owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest
affection with a flick of his tail than a man can
gather through a lifetime of handshakes."
- Gene Hill - The Dog Man
"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man
up to his level of sagacity, but man has frequently
dragged the dog down to his."
- James Thurber
"Histories are more full of the examples
of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."
- Alexander Pope
"All knowledge, the totality of all questions
and answers, is contained in the dog."
- Franz Kafka - Investigations of the 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."
- Sigmund Freud
"Plus je vois l'homme,
plus j'aimie mon chien"
"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
"The poor dog, in life the the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still the master's own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonour'd falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth,
While man, vain insect hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven."
- Lord Byron
Inscription on the monument of his
Newfoundland dog, 1808
"The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties
of this earth will ever be."
- Konrad Lorenz
Man Meets Dog
"The fate of animals is of greater importance to me
than the fear of appearing ridiculous;
it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men."
- - Emile Zola (1840-1902)
"I am I because my little dog knows me"
- - Gertrude Stein
"Until one has loved an animal
a part of one's soul remains unawakened"
- Anatole France
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy
licking your face."
- Bern Williams
" No Matter how little money and how few possessions,
you own, having a dog makes you rich."
- Louis Sabin
All About Dogs As Pets
"Who kicks a dog kicks his own soul towards hell"
- Will Judy
"No animal I know of can consistently be more of
a friend and companion than a dog."
- Stanley Leinwoll
"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."
- George Graham Vest
The Best Part About Owning A Dog...
... is the way he will come over to see me,
for no reason, just to let me know I'm
important to him
... is the way he is always ready to lick the
jelly off my nose...
... is the way he looks into my eyes and finds
contentment in simply being near me
... is the way he will run all over the yard,
fetch a soggy tennis ball and bring it back
to me as if to say "look mom, it's all have,
but it's yours
... is the way he wakes me up in the morning by pushing
his cold wet nose in my ear and snuffing loudly
... is the way he shreds toilet paper all over the house,
because it's fun even though he knows he shouldn't
... is the way he's sure he can catch the ducks in the
... is the way he comes over to me when he is sad
... is the way he wedges himself near me when I am sad and
push all others away, to console me with his love
... is the way he pounces on crickets in the backyard
... is the way he looks perplexed when they escape
... is the way he is terrified of the evil pink hula hoop
... is the way he doesn't mind how much of that horrid
perfume I'm wearing just because it was a gift from
my relative who's visiting
... is the way he doesn't care about bad hair day or
... is the way he loves you, even when you are impatient
with him and have no time this morning for a game
... is the way his coat feels like liquid silk under
... is the way he finds wisdom beyond words
"Happiness is a warm puppy."
- Charles Schulz
"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."
"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."
"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really."
- -Agnes Sligh Turnbull
Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of
our country as Wall Street and the railroads."
- Harry S. Truman
From time to time, people tell me,
"lighten up, it's just a dog,"
or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog."
They don't understand the distance traveled,
the time spent, or the costs involved for
"just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with
"just a dog."
Many hours have passed and my only company was
"just a dog,"
but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
"just a dog,"
and in those days of darkness,
the gentle touch of "just a dog"
gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog,"
then you will probably understand phases
like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or
"just a promise."
"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence
of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and
patience that make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early,
take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog"
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams
of the future, the fond memories of the past,
and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and
diverts my thoughts away from myself and the
worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that
it's not "just a dog"
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps
me from being "just a man."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog."
just smile, because they "just don't understand."
Adopted Shepherd Mix, Born May 2004.
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