These 31 quotes about dogs and friendship are by authors whose surnames start with "A," "B" and "C." Many will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and others will make you think about the relationship you have with your dog. But they'll all help you celebrate having your dog as a friend.
Dogs love company. They place it first in their short list of needs.
A species so intimately involved with our own, which has shared our life since time immemorial.
The dog has been esteemed and loved by all the people on earth and he has deserved this affection for he renders services that have made him man's best friend.
A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.
His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, referring to her cocker spaniel, Flush
That was the first time I knew I loved him.
Kim Basinger, about her future husband's rescue of a dog hit by a car on a highway.
While driving to work, Alec Baldwin stopped the car and dodged traffic to save the boxer. They adopted her, named her Gracie, and had her join their 15 other dogs and cats.
A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)
Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)
Bill Blass, after being asked "Who or what is the greatest love of your life?" by Vanity Fair magazine
Spaniels by Nature are very loving, surpassing all other Creatures, for in Heat and Cold, Wet and Dry, Day and Night, they will not forsake their Master.
Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.
Napoleon Bonaparte, after being saved by a Newfoundland after slipping on his ship and falling overboard. He did not know how to swim, and was kept above water by the dog until he could be rescued.
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, on finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling, on a moonlit field after a battle. Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.
There are two kinds of fidelity, that of dogs and that of cats; you, gentleman, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house.
Napoleon Bonaparte, to French courtiers who had not followed him to Elba, after he escaped from there.
If there is no God for thee
Then there is no God for me.
Anna Hempstead Branch
If I had a dog I would not feel so lonely, but I suppose that is asking for too much.
Tell me, if you can, of anything that's finer than an evening in camp with a rare old friend and a dog after one's heart.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Samuel Butler, Higgledy-Piggledy
The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
"The first to welcome, foremost to defend."
Only my dogs will not betray me.
For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.Roger Caras, president emeritus, ASPCA
We derive immeasurable good, uncounted pleasures, enormous security, and many critical lessons about life by owning dogs.
A Celebration of Dogs
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.
Right now Jack lives with me. Jack is my Jack Russell. I also have a Yorkie named Ginger, but Jack and Ginger can't be in the same place at the same time because she is very jealous. Even if Jack's not in the same state, she would growl if she heard his name.
I'm a big man and I like big dogs.... The dogs kept growing until only one of us could get in the elevator. It caused enough hassles so they finally kicked me out of my apartment.
Wilt Chamberlain, about living with two Great Danes in New York City
Oh, what is the matter with poor Puggy-Wug?
Pet him and kiss him and give him a hug.
Run and fetch him a suitable drug.
Wrap him up tenderly all in a rug.
That is the way to cure Puggy-Wug.
One evening at Chequers the film was Oliver Twist. Rufus, as usual, had the best seat in the house, on his master's lap. At the point when Bill Sikes was about to drown his dog to put the police off his track, Churchill covered Rufus's eyes with his hand. He said, "Don't look now, dear. I'll tell you about it afterwards."
Winston Churchill, The Little Brown Book of Anecdotes
I could discern clearly, even at that early age, the essential difference between people who are kind to dogs and people who really love them.
Frances P. Cobbe, The Confessions of a Lost Dog
Dogs don't know about beginnings, and they don't speculate on matters that occurred before their time. Dogs also don't know—or at least don't accept—the concept of death. With no concept of beginnings or endings dogs probably don't know that for people having a dog as a life companion provides a streak of light between two eternities of darkness.
The dog has no ambition, no self-interest, no desire for vengeance, no fear other than that of displeasing.
Count of Buffon
Unmissed but by his dogs and by his groom.
With eye upraised his master's look 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.