These 32 quotes about dogs and friendship are by authors whose surnames start with "M," "N," "O," "P" and "Q." 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.
In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man.
The dog is the only living being that has found and recognizes an indubitable, tangible and definite god. He knows to whom above him to give himself. He has not to seek for a superior and infinite power.
We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.
Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;
but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.
Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.
"A Man and his Dog," Stories of Three Decades
I would look at a dog and when our eyes met, I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family. They're like you and me.
If your house burns down, rescue the dogs. At least they'll be faithful to you.
After a lifetime of affectionate regard for dogs and many years of close observation and reflection, I have reached the conclusion that dogs feel more than I do (I am not prepared to speak for other people). They feel more, and they feel more purely and more intensely.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Dogs never lie about love.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Many people have heard the remarkable example of devotion involving a Skye terrier dog who worked for a Scottish shepherd named Old Jock. In 1858, the day after Jock was buried (with almost nobody present to mourn him except his shaggy dog) in the churchyard at Greyfriars Abbey in Edinburgh, Bobby was found sleeping on his master's grave, where he continued to sleep every night for fourteen years.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
It has been 20,000 years since man and dog formed their partnership.
Dogs, bless them, operate on the premise that human beings are fragile and require incessant applications of affection and reassurance. The random lick of a hand and the furry chin draped over the instep are calculated to let the shaky owner know that a friend is nearby.
I'd be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness.
Isn't it wonderful how dogs can win friends and influence people without ever reading a book.
Of all the animals, surely the dog is the only one that really shares our life, helps in our work, and has a place in our recreation. It is the only one that becomes so fond of us that sometimes it cannot go on living after its master dies.
A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house.
In regard to dogs, my most memorable thoughts concern my daughter's dog and her fondness for them. In fact, one day while working at the office, she hosted a birthday party for one of her Newfoundlands and the party was attended by dogs of other coworkers. It was a hectic few hours, but I believe the guests enjoyed themselves.
Thomas S. Monaghan
I feel about me dogs now, and all the dogs I had prior to this, the way I feel about children—they are that important to me. When I have lost a dog I have gone into a mourning period that lasted for months.
Mary Tyler Moore
People who keep dogs live longer on average than those who do not. This is not some kind of pro-canine campaigning fantasy. It is a simple medical fact that the calming influence of the company of a friendly pet animal reduces blood pressure and therefore the risk of heart attack.
The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, and love, and death: Old Skip was my brother. They had buried him under our elm tree, they said—yet this wasn't totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.
Willie Morris, My Dog Skip
A dog is for life, and not just for Christmas.
National Canine Defense League slogan
Because of Diamond, I have had to begin much of the work afresh. I will not, however, rid myself of her, nor even punish her. She knew not what she was doing, and that which she did was for my protection and for love of my person. Her place remains at my side or against my feet when I lie abed.
Sir Isaac Newton, about his Pomeranian Diamond's attempt to guard him from a stranger at the door. Diamond knocked over a candle, burning all of Newton's papers, including his writings on the law of gravity.
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."
He had let out the dogs and they were jumping around him frantic with joy, as if they were afraid, every night, there would never be another letting out or another morning.
Any woman who does not thoroughly enjoy tramping across the country on a clear frosty morning with a good gun and a pair of dogs does not know how to enjoy life.
It is true that whenever a person loves a dog he derives great power from it.
Old Seneca Chief
When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.
Dogs give their human companions unconditional love and are always there with an encouraging wag of the tail when they are needed. The dog is indeed a very special animal.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dogs: The Wolf Within
Dog is the only animal in the world who ostensibly likes another breed better than his own. Man.
To a man the greatest blessing is individual liberty; to a dog it is the last word in despair.
William Lyon Phelps
No louder shrieks to pitying heaven are cast,
When husbands or lap-dogs breathe their last.
Here lies DASH, the Favourite Spaniel of Queen Victoria
By whose command this Memorial was erected.
He died on the 20 December, 1840 in his 9th year.
His attachment was without selfishness,
His playfulness without malice,
His fidelity without deceit.
READER, if you would live beloved and die regretted, profit by the example of DASH.
Queen Victoria, epitaph on the gravestone of her King Charles cavalier spaniel, Dash, who was buried in the castle's garden.