My Favorite Quotes About Dogs

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” — Abraham Lincoln

This is my favorite dog quote of all time. Some of the worst dog owners I’ve ever met have been pious hypocrites who told me earnestly that they had prayed about the decision that they had to make. Interestingly enough, the decision they prayed about always seemed to go in the favor of the human doing something despicably selfish. One of the most disastrous adopters we had was a Franciscan nun. During the process of the adopter returning the dog, my rescue partner Victoria was moved to ask, “Aren’t you guys named after St. Francis? Wasn’t he the patron saint of animals?” The response? “Yeah, we’ve dropped all that.” Indeed.

Lincoln got it in one, 150 years before I learned the same thing.

“When there are dogs and music, people have a good time.” — Emmylou Harris

This is so true. The best kind of party is one where you can go inside or outside, people are listening to music, and there are a few dogs wandering around. Every party should have a few dogs to keep the introverts happy. Also, guests should not be discouraged from feeding the dogs.

“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

This has been my experience. Often dogs will be friendly to people who don’t deserve it, but when an otherwise-friendly dog doesn’t want to have anything to do with someone, I know something is up. There were two people in my life that my dog Chowder wanted no part of  — he was right and I wished I’d paid attention. He didn’t react in fear to them, he just wouldn’t interact with them or make eye contact no matter how hard they tried.

“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

There is really nothing to add to this one, except to say that I know a lot of people who have endured truly terrible experiences because their dogs were with them providing support. When my adopted daughter was first dealing with her mother’s death there were times when she would just curl up next to our dog Maggie. One day she said, “Mommy, Maggie just said she’s sorry that my mom died.” I never doubted it for a minute. Also, Doris Day is awesome for all the work she’s done for animals.

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” — Charles M. Schulz

The cartoonist who captured the true essence of beagle all the way down to the vulture pose is completely right. Puppies can elevate your mood no matter what. I actually invented a kind of therapy called pupnotherapy where depressed people would lie down on the floor in a pen whereupon a litter of puppies (probably 8-10 weeks old) would climb all over them for 20 minutes. (Also, did you know that Charles Schulz was so upset when he heard that a fellow cartoonist was planning to kill off the dog in her strip that he threatened to have Snoopy run over by a truck on the same day if she did it? You gotta love that.)

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6 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes About Dogs”

  1. Ummm…how much does pupnotherapy session cost? (If I was better at internetting, I would insert the “Take all my money” Futurama picture). Cause I might need a session or thirty after the holidays.

    Also, don’t feed my dogs! Little Dog has food allergies and beef makes Big Dog pukey. Wanna feed my pups? Ask me and I’ll direct you to the “Food that won’t break the boy-os.”

      1. That’s probably what I would do (actually IS what I do, since part of Gershwin’s behavior plan is that he gets treats for not trying to eat people)! It’s always a challenge finding places where we can reach the treats, but Dog can’t :)

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