Collected by Keith Somers
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1 I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.
—George Bird Evans (1906-1998), Author, Illustrator, Dog Breeder, “Troubles with Bird Dogs”
2 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. I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
—Roger Caras (1928-2001), American Wildlife Photographer; Host of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; Network TV Personality, Wildlife Preservationist; President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Author.
3 Many will walk in and out of your life, but only a true friend will leave paw prints on your heart.
4 No one 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. We never really own a dog as much as he owns us.
—Gene Hill (Dates Unknown/Living), Author of several books about life with dogs, “Tears & Laughter”, “Sunlight and Shadows”, “A Listening Walk”
5 I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness. If it takes my dog being there in Heaven, I believe he’ll be there.
—Billy Graham (1918-2018)
6 This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog.
—Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)—On finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling in the moonlight after a battle, Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.
7 The life of every living thing is in the hand of God.
8 Many people have heard the remarkable example of devotion involving a Skye terrier dog who worked for a Scottish shepherd named Old Jock. In 1858, the day after Jock was buried (with almost nobody present to mourn him except his shaggy dog) in the churchyard at Greyfriars Abbey in Edinburgh, Bobby was found sleeping on his master’s grave, where he continued to sleep every night for fourteen years.
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
—Patricia McConnell (1948 – ), a Certified Animal Behaviorist, Ph.D., Dog Trainer, Fiction and Non-fiction Writer, “Crazy in love with dogs!”, with a life-long commitment to understanding and communicating with Dogs, “For the Love of a Dog”, “The other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs”.
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