These 28 quotes about dogs and friendship are by authors whose surnames begin with "R" and "S." 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.
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
Gratitude: that quality which the Canine Mongrel seldom lacks; which the Human Mongrel seldom possesses!
Lion P.S. Rees
Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage.
One of the happiest sights in the world comes when a lost dog is reunited with a master he loves. You just haven't seen joy till you have seen that.
My friendship with Mitzi was like the friendship that many children have with their pets. My mother and father thought it was "good for me" to have a dog for a companion. Well it was good for me, but it was only many years after she died that I began to understand how good it was, and why.
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
A dog will never forget the crumb thou gavest him, though thou mayst afterwards throw a hundred stones at his head.
A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, big or small, young or old. He doesn't care if you're not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector.
Louis Sabin, All About Dogs As Pets
No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.
Louis Sabin, All About Dogs As Pets
I love my dear mistress; I can say more than that; I lover her better than any one else in the world.
Margaret Marshall Saunders, Beautiful Joe (told through the eyes of a dog).
This book was the first ever to sell one million copies in Canada.
The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into.
There's just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home; they're thrilled to see you. They're good for the ego.
Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals.
I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?
Sir Walter Scott
The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?
Sir Walter Scott
Let's examine the dog mind: Every time you come home, he thinks it's amazing. He can't believe that you've accomplished this again. You walk in the door. The joy of it almost kills him. "He's back again! It's that guy! It's that guy!"
Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Astor together could have raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog.
Ernest Thompson Seton
Amid the cheering of the crowds, he hardly heard his master's voice, but he saw the familiar head and shoulders, and the bright flag he was waving. He raced toward the seven-foot fence; without apparent effort he rose in the air and cleared the top with a good hand-breadth to spare; then dashed up to his master that he loved, and gamboled there and licked his hand in heart-full joy. Again the victor's crown was his, and the master, a man of dogs, caressed the head of shining black with the jewel eyes of gold.
Ernest Thompson Seton, The Hero Dog of France
Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.
Sidney Jeanne Seward
The psychological and moral comfort of a presence at once humble and understanding—this is the greatest benefit that the dog has bestowed upon man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
None are as fiercely loyal as dog people. In return, no doubt, for the never-ending loyalty of dogs.
Like many other much-loved humans, they believed that they owned their dogs, instead of realizing that their dogs owned them.
Dodie Smith, 101 Dalmatians
Gangster is the truest friend I can ever ask for.
Sylvester Stallone, about Gangster, his boxer
Getting a dog is like getting married. It teaches you to be less self-centered, to accept sudden, surprising outbursts of affection, and not to be upset by a few scratches on your car.
I am I because my little dog knows me.
It is my experience that in some areas [my poodle] Charley is more intelligent that I am, but in others he is abysmally ignorant. He can't read, can't drive a car, and has no grasp of mathematics. But in his own field of endeavor, which he is now practicing, the slow, imperial smelling over and anointing on an area, he has no peer. Of course his horizons are limited, but how wide are mine?
Sir, this is a unique dog. He does not live by tooth or fang. He respects the right of cats to be cats although he doesn't admire them. He turns his steps rather than disturb an earnest caterpillar. His greatest fear is that someone will point out a rabbit and suggest that he chase it. This is a dog of peace and tranquility.
The truth is that it's just really hard for me to get to sleep without a dog in my bedroom. I once had a dog named Beau. He used to sleep in the corner of the bedroom. Some nights, though, he would sneak onto the bed and lie right between Gloria and me. I know that I should have pushed him off the bed, but I didn't. He was up there because he wanted me to pat his head, so that's what I would do.
Pray steal me not, I'm Mrs. Dingley's,
Whose heart in this four-footed thing lies.
Jonathan Swift (a lapdog's collar inscription)