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A dog has one aim in life. To bestow his heart. - J. R. Ackerley

Old men simply need to touch
The brow of a dog,
To look into its eyes
To feel its lick
So that they may experience again
The freshness and joy of life.
– A Thousand Hounds, Merritt and Barth

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An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.
- Francois Truffaut

If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life. - Roger Caras

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

Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to. - Joe Gores

It is amazing how many of those who consider themselves 'thinking people' respond automatically to words the way Pavlov's dog was conditioned to respond to certain sounds. - Thomas Sowell

Dogsled-riding is a sport that is relaxing as well as fragrant. - Dave Barry

A dog, I will maintain, is a very tolerable judge of beauty, as appears from the fact that any liberally educated dog does, in a general way, prefer a woman to a man. - Frances Thompson

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

I have heard of a dog that barked at every stranger who approached his master’s premises with clothes on, but was easily quieted by a naked thief. – Thoreau

You've seen that look. The way a young painter looks at Rembrandt or Titian. the way Liz Taylor looks at Richard Burton. The way Zsa Zsa looks at mink. That's how a poodle looks at its master. - Jacqueline Susann

Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man. - George Jean Nathan

You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets. - Nora Ephron

If you want loyalty, get a dog. If you want loyalty and attention, get a smart dog. - Grant Fairley

In dog training, jerk is a noun, not a verb. - Dr. Dennis Fetko

Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems,
emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.
- Michael W. Fox

Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail. - Kinky Friedman

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

I have given my pain a name and call it dog-It is every bit as faithful, every bit as nosey and shameless, every bit as entertaining, every bit as clever as any other dog-and I can boss it around and vent my bad moods on it, just as others do with their dogs, servants, and wives. - Friedrich Nietzsche

No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich. - Louis Sabin

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras

Politics are not my concern...they impressed me as a dog's life without a dog's decencies. - Rudyard Kipling

Our dog Tray's ever faithful;
Grief can not drive him away;
He is gentle, he is kind -
I shall never, never find
A better friend than old dog Tray!
- chorus of Old Dog Tray, written by Stephen Collins Foster

You can say any foolish 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

Better to be a dog in times of peace than a human being in times of trouble. - Chinese proverb

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein

What a dog! - Peg about Tramp, Lady and the Tramp (1955)

I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. - George Bird Evans

There is no question about this. I know too well his look of despair and disapproval when I have just thought that he must be left at home.
- John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

In life the firmest friend
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his master's own
Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone.
- Lord Byron


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By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog.
- Barbara Holland

The noblest dog of all is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.
- Laurence J. Peter

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

There is no doubt that a dog is loyal.
But does that mean we should emulate him?
After all, he is loyal to people, not to other dogs.
- Karl Kraus

There are many who say that a dog has his day,
And a cat has a number of lives...
- Dylan Thomas

I have heard the voice of a hound, just before daylight, while the stars were shining, from over the woods and river, far in the horizon, when it sounded as sweet and melodious as an instrument. - Henry David Thoreau

She saved for tomorrow. When she was asleep, the dog ate up her flour. - Punjabi proverb

Certes, they been lyk to houndes, for an hound whan he comth by the roser, or by other bushes, though he may nat pisse, yet wole he heve up his leg and make a contenaunce to pisse. - Geoffrey Chaucer

Every dog is brave on his own doorstep. - Irish proverb

My best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness. - George Eliot

The one absolute, 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

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. - George Orwell

The more I see of the representatives of the people the more I admire my dogs. - Alphonse de Lamartine

A reasonable amoutn o;fleas is good fer a dog--keeps him from broodin' over bein' a dog, mebbe. - Edward Noyes Westcott

Dogs have more love than integrity. They've been true to us, yes but they haven't been true to themselves.
- Clarence Day

From the lowly perspective of a dog's eyes, everyone looks short. - Chinese proverb

A dog's best friend is his illiteracy. - Ogden Nash

The greatness of a Nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way animals are treated.
- Mahatma Gandhi

My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am. - Unknown

A dog believes you are what you think you are. - Jane Swan

There will always be a lost little dog somewhere that will prevent me from being happy. - Jean Anouilh

Why not be oneself?
That is the whole secret of a successful appearance.
If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese? — Dame Edith Sitwell

Old men simply need to touch
The brow of a dog,
To look into its eyes
To feel its lick
So that they may experience again
The freshness and joy of life.
- A Thousand Hounds, Merritt and Barth

The shepherd is the brain behind the dog's brain,
But his control of dog, like dog's of sheep is never absolute-that's the beauty of it.
- Cecil Day Lewis

In dog years, I'm dead. - Anonymous

FOOVIE (fo' view) n. The ability of a dog to inflict guilt from any angle in the room while he watches his master eat. - Rich Hall

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog. - Elvis

You own a dog; you feed a cat. - Jim Fiebig

A good dog does not block the road. - Chinese proverb

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. - Agatha Christie

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him. - Henry David Thoreau

My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So flewed, so sanded; and their heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
Crook-kneed, and dewlapped like Thessalian bulls;
Slow in pursuit, but matched in mouth like bells,
Each under each.
- William Shakespeare

He will kiss the hand that had no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. - George Graham Vest

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. - Andrés Segovia

Stick around any place long enough and chances are you'll be taken for granted. Hang around for 20,000 years wagging your tail and being man's best friend, and you'll be taken for granted big time. - Lynn Van Matre

The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother-and they'll settle for a puppy every time. - Winston Pendelton

Dogs aren't born knowing what or what not to do; they only learn like children. - Barbara Woodhouse

George Graham Vest - Tribute to Dogs (c. 1855) after winning a case against a man who killed a dog.

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. 

An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him - Danish Proverb

Every dog is a lion at home - H. G. Bohn

Intelligent dogs rarely want to please people whom they do not respect - W. R. Koehler

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

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around - Will Rogers

I have always thought of a dog lover as a dog that was in love with another dog - James Thurber

Dogs never lie about love - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant - Anonymous

In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the dog - Toussenel

Of all the things I miss from veterinary practice, puppy breath is one of the most fond memories! - Dr. Tom Cat

When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem - Edward Abbey

A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk - OA Battista

There are three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise - Welsh Proverb

No man can be condemned 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 - Will Rogers

A dog is not almost human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such - John 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

I love this little house because it offers, after dark, A Pause for rest, a rest for paws, A place to moor my bark - Arthur Guiterman

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons - James Thurber

A good dog deserves a good home - proverb

With eye upraised, his master's voice to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man; The rich man's guardian, and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end - George Crabbe

All that I have to say, is, to tell you that the lanthorn is the moon; I, the man in the moon; this thorn-bush, my thorn-bush; and this dog, my dog - William Shakespeare

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it - Abraham Lincoln

The old saw about old dogs and new tricks only applies to certain people - Daniel Pinkwater

My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or our lives - Rita Rudner

If you would invest in friendship, purchase a dog - Le Baron Cooke

A dog's bark may be worse than his bit, but everyone prefers his bark - Anonymous

A loving friendship, formed over thousands of years, flourishes between dogs and human beings. Dogs have left the hunting pack of their ancestors and have become members of our human world - Celia Hadddon

A dog may be man's best friend, but child's best friend is a puppy - Anonymous

I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn't excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother - Bonnie Schacter

The greater love is a mother's; then comes a dog's; then a sweetheart's - Polish Proverb

The trees in Siberia are miles apart-that is why the dogs are so fast - Bob Hope

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is as true of men as of dogs - Eric Hoffer

It's no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk - Anonymous

I cannot impress on my readers too strongly the necessity to be firm but kind to a puppy. His idea of your authority is forming, and if he knows you give in on the slightest whimper, you are whacked for life - Barbara Woodhouse

Man is dog's idea of what God should be - Holbrook Jackson

It's dogs that bite that do not show their teeth - Chinese Proverb

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 - Plato

Folks will know how large your soul is,
By the way you treat a dog!
- Charles F. Doran

Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
- Noël Coward

Thou call'st me dog before thou hadst a cause,
But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
- William Shakespeare

He may be a dog, but don't tell me he doesn't have a real grip on life - Kendall Hailey

But was there ever a dog that praised his fleas? - William Butler Yeats

The biggest dog has been a pup - Joaquin Miller

The old dog barks backward without getting up.
I can remember when he was a pup.
- Robert Frost

There are three faithful friends-an old wife, an old dog, and ready money - Ben Franklin

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...Those are the moments that I think are precious to a dog-when, with his adoring soul coming through his eyes, he feels that you are really thinking of him - John Galsworthy

You can't keep a good man down--or an over-affectionate dog - Anonymous

If there is no heaven for dogs, then I want to go where they go when I die - Anonymous

The dog is a religious animal. In his savage state he worships the moon and the lights that float upon the waters. These are his gods to whom he appeals at night with long-drawn howls - Anatole France

I sometimes look into the face of my dog Stan and wee wistful sadness and existential angst when all he is actually doing is slowly scanning the ceiling for flies - Merrill Markoe

Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads - Harry S. Truman

The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two - Maurice Maeterlinck

If your dog doesn't like someone, you probably shouldn't either - Anonymous

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me - William Shakespeare

Both humans and dogs love to play well into adulthood, and individuals from both species occasionally display evidence of having a conscience - Jon Winokur

A piece of grass a day keeps the vet away - Anonymous dog

The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage - Danish proverb

Dogs read the world through their noses and write their history in urine - J. R. Ackerley

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children - William Penn

Your dog is your only philosopher - Plato

Animals are such agreeable friends-they ask no questions, they pass no criticism - George Eliot

The small percentage of dogs that bite people is monumental proof that the dog is the most benign, forgiving creature on earth - W. R. Koehler

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