These 23 religious dog quotes are about the authors' relationship between them and their dogs, heaven and God. Some are from religious leaders, like Rev. Billy Graham and Martin Luther. Others are from regular people who wanted to express how much their dogs meant to them, and would in heaven.
There is also a page of dog quotes from the Bible and the Talmud. Click on the Bible Dog Quotes link in the left column to read them.
At one time a synod of the Catholic Church was held in which the question of whether or not animals had a soul was discussed very seriously: would good dogs go to paradise and bad ones, who stole slices of lamb, burn in hell eternally. The denial of the soul was voted: it is enough for the honor of the species that the question was posed.
People always joke that "dog" spells "god" backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.
I took solace in my relationship with God who, along with my dog, was my best friend growing up.
If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
Personally, I would not give a fig for any man's religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.
S. Parkes Cadman
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward.
For those who love dogs, it would be the worst form of a lie to call any place where dogs were banned "Paradise." Certainly no loving God would separate people from their canine friends for eternity.
Stanley Coren, dog psychologist
No one but you and I understands what faithfulness is. Do not let me die until, for them, all danger is driven away.
Carmon Bernos de Gaesztold,
The Prayer for the Dog
The dog is mentioned in the Bible eighteen times—the cat not even once.
W.E. Farbstein (referring to the Old Testament)
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.
Rev. Billy Graham
The real platform for religion is based on the concepts of compassion, respect and consideration, not just for human beings, but for all forms of life.
When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!
David Starr Jordan
I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Be comforted, little dog, thou too in the Resurrection shall have a tail of gold.
The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made his greatest gift the commonest.
God Made the earth, the sky and the water, the moon and the sun. He made man and bird and beast. But He didn't make the dog. He already had one.
Native American saying
When the dog was created, it licked the hand of God and God stroked its head, saying, "What do you want, dog?" It replied, "My Lord, I want to stay with you, in heaven, on a mat in front of the gate."
I have always felt it was human arrogance that assumes that only people have souls.
God turns clouds inside out to make fluffy beds for the dogs in Dog Heaven, and when they are tired from running and barking and eating ham-sandwich biscuits, the dogs find a cloud bed for sleeping. God watches over each one of them. And there are no bad dreams.
Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals.
Our German forefathers had a very kind religion. They believed that, after death, they would meet again all the good dogs that had been their companions in life. I wish I could believe that too.
Otto von Bismarck
Let dogs delight to bark and bite, for God hath made them so.