These 31 quotes about dogs and friendship are by authors with surnames starting with "D," "E" and "F." 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.
There's a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.
The dog's most important job is still around. Like the legendary Cerberus, the dog still keeps many of us from the Hell of Loneliness.
Tara and Kathy Darling
It is scarcely possible to doubt that the love of man has become instinctive in the dog.
Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs, so plainly as does a dog, when with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master.
A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.
Mary Carolyn Davies
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.
I know well enough that there have been dogs so loving that they have thrown themselves into the same grave with the dead bodies of their masters; others have stayed upon their masters' graves without stirring a moment from them, and have voluntarily starved themselves to death, refusing to touch the food that was brought them.
Miguel de Cervantes
It is well to love even a dog when you have the opportunity, for fear you should find nothing else worth loving.
Louise Honorine de Choiseul
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
My dogs forgive anger in me, the arrogance in me, the brute in me. They forgive everything I do before I forgive myself.
Guy de la Valdene
It don't care whether I'm good enough. It don't care whether I snore or not. It don't care which God I pray to. There are only three things with that kind of unconditional acceptance: Dogs, donuts, and money.
Danny DeVito as Lawrence Garfield in
Other People's Money
Hills—Sir—and the Sundown—and a Dog—large as myself, that my Father bought me.
Emily Dickinson, responding to an acquaintance's question in a letter: "Who are your companions?" She went into reclusion when only 32, preferring her Newfoundland's company to that of humans.
You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell.
Emily Dickinson (This is the full version of the quote above)
My dear old dog, most constant of all friends.
William Croswell Doane
Dogs are, after all, man's best friend. The least we can do is try to understand them a little better.
All of the good things that have come to me have come through my dog.
Dog owner overheard in New York's Central Park
Folk will know how large your soul is, by the way you treat a dog!
Charles F. Doran
I have a dog and sometimes I'll be the littlest kid with my dog and marvel at his ears and his nose and how he looks at me. If he died, I'd bawl like a baby.
The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more so when one is so far removed from home.... I have a Scottie. In him I find consolation and diversion... he is the "one person" to whom I can talk without the conversation coming back to war.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
She's an amazing dog and really inspired everything that's in this book.
Until you have bred dogs and have drawn and painted them, it is difficult to realize that no two are identical in conformation. You need do no more than gun for a day over two of them to recognize that each is an individual. It requires the intimacy of daily living with a dog to know the subtle quality of his mind, the ham-smell of his ears, and that his wet nose in your mouth tastes salty.
George Bird Evans
The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me.
I like to hike with my dog, Webster. It helps clear my mind.
Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.
She died as she had been born and as she had lived, in my care, and surrounded by those who loved her.
Vicki W. Fowler
Dog! When we first met on the highway of life, we came from the two poles of creation.... What can be the meaning of the obscure love for me that has sprung up in your heart?
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail.
Thomas A. Edison was once reluctantly persuaded by his wife to attend one of the big social functions of the season in New York. At last the inventor managed to escape the crowd of people vying for his attention, and sat alone unnoticed in a corner. Edison kept looking at his watch with a resigned expression on his face. A friend edged near to him unnoticed and heard the inventor mutter to himself with a sigh, "If there were only a dog here!"