These 28 quotes about dogs and friendship are by authors with surnames beginning with "G" and "H." 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.
Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.
I guess you don't really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.
You really have to be some kind of a creep for a dog to reject you.
A study conducted by the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School suggested that in times of stress a dog is likely to be more help in calming you down than a spouse or partner. Most dog owners can guess the reason why: dogs never judge us and never compete with us.
If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.
The dogs in our lives, the dogs we come to love and who (we fervently believe) love us in return, offer more than fidelity, consolation, and companionship. They offer comedy, irony, wit, and a wealth of anecdotes, the "shaggy dog stories" and "stupid pet tricks" that are commonplace pleasures of life.
They offer, if we are wise enough or simple enough to take it, a model for what it means to give your heart with little thought of return. Both powerfully imaginary and comfortingly real, dogs act as mirrors for our own beliefs about what would constitute a truly humane society. Perhaps it is not too late for them to teach us some new tricks.
I'm married but the special man is my dog, Henry.
Here Shock, the pride of all his kind, is laid,
Who fawned like man, but ne'er like man betrayed.
I petted him and made over him till he was wiggling all over to show how happy he was. I felt mean about how I'd treated him and did everything I could to let him know. And that night after dark, when he sneaked into bed with me and Little Arliss, I let him sleep there and never said a word about it to Mama.
Fred Gipson, Old Yeller
Do you know there is always a barrier between me and any man or woman who does not like dogs?
When most of us talk to our dogs, we tend to forget they're not people.
Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.
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
A dog desires more affection than his dinner.—Well, almost!
A man and his dog is a sacred relationship. What nature hath put together let no woman put asunder.
There never yet has been a dog
Who learned to double cross,
Nor catered to you when you won
Then dropped you when you lost.
I like any dog that makes me look good when it stands next to me.
Homer was the only person who had managed to stick it out with Rex—and Rex loved him.
Noel Harrison, about his father Rex Harrison's relationship with Homer, his basset hound
They motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure and be loyal.
All my dogs have been scamps and thieves and troublemakers and I've adored them all.
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.)
When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever—in case I need him. And I expect I will—as I always have. He is just my dog.
I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog—completely exhausted after a hard day in the field—limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes, and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend.
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.
It's not really important that Tip was a good dog to hunt over, but it is important to me that she was a good dog to be with. She was my pal. We enjoyed being with each other. I don't know that you can ask for much more.
Gene Hill, Tears and Laughter
A shepherd may be a very able, trusty, and good shepherd, without a sweetheart—better, perhaps, than with one. But what is he without his dog?
A dog can have a friend; he has affections and character, he can enjoy equally the field and the fireside; he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates; he offends, and is pardoned; he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow.
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.