I love quotes. Their unvarnished efficiency invariably serves to inspire, and quotes about dogs completely carry the day. Today’s post includes 22 of my favorites that I think everyone will enjoy. I even spent a few minutes verifying each one, so at the very least, we’ll know which correspondent is most recently responsible for reciting these veracious, albeit derivative, assertions. Clarification information on the authors has been provided for good measure.
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” – Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.
“When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins, bestselling American author of humorous contemporary romance.
“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.” ― Dave Barry, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Miami Herald from 1983-2005.
“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” ― W.R. Purche, author of The Canine Commandments and other works.
“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan, author of Marley & Me.
“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation, and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” – Dean Koontz, prolific American author – if you have ever been to an airport or grocery store, you know this name.
“I’m a lot less cranky when it’s just me and my dog.” ― Bob Peterson, author (there are 3 authors named Bob Peterson, I honestly don’t know which one to attribute this quote to).
“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.” — Joe Weinstein, a mystery author, no, really, I couldn’t find anything on this guy.
“Dogs are optimal companions, vigilant guardians, perpetual playmates, and even extemporaneous vacuum cleaners.” – Eric Ewald, blogger, genius, and pet sitter of tremendous renown.
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers, American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma; a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (d 1935).
“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like, never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones, writer and humorist from Philadelphia, PA (d 1980).
“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (d 1972).
“Dogs’ lives are too short; their only fault really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull, bestselling American writer of historical fiction based in western PA (d 1982).
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress; one of the seven original cast members of Saturday Night Live (d 1989).
“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger A. Caras, host of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and author of Dog Is Listening: the way our closest friends view us (d 2001).
“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.” – Roger A. Caras
“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job.” – George Denis Patrick Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, and author (d 2008).
“Life is a series of dogs.” — George Carlin
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, a British-American actress and the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema (d 2011).
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” — Nora Ephron, American journalist and screenwriter; best known for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle (d 2012).
“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, American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist (d 2019).
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.” – author unknown.
Featured photo – Ellie (Rosie’s mom) greets a friendly husky puppy. This is my favorite dog park picture ever. If you can depict are more quintessential embodiment of the canine experience, I’ll eat my hat.