Why do we love dogs?

Dogs instinctively give their unconditional love. They are happy to see us whether we’ve been gone for a few months or a few minutes.

They are not trying to sell us something and they don’t expect anything in return. People spend a lifetime trying to learn what they could easily understand by taking a walk in the park.

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Sentimental Dog Quotes

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had.”

∼Thom Jones

 

“People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.“

∼Ashly Lorenzana

 

“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.”

∼Anonymous

 

“A dog is one of the few things in life that is as it seems.”

∼Mark J. Asher
“saving one dog will not change the world, but for that dog the world will be forever changed.”

∼Anonymous

 

“Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, etcetera. If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special. If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic. But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more. However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being? Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day– we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention.“

∼Jonathan Carroll

 

“Who rescued who?”

∼Anonymous

 

“Dogs are how people would be if the important stuff is all that mattered to us.”

∼Ashly Lorenzana

 

“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.”

∼Anonymous

 

“Maybe this is kind of cliche, but animals, well, dogs, are what I do for a living. One reason I like spending time with them so much is they seem to think people are really good. They live with us, and obey our rules, most of which make no sense to them. And the main reason they do it is because they like us. When I watch them, sometimes I’m so blown away by how enthusiastic they are about everything we do that I have to go out and buy them something squeaky or chewy. Just because I love proving to them that it’s not a mistake to see the world as a great benevolent place. I hope one day to react to something with as much pure ecstasy as I see in Chuck’s face every time I throw the ball. Sometimes he looks so happy, it reminds me of the way blind people smile way too big because they can’t see themselves.“

∼Merrill Markoe

 

“Home is where my dog is.”

∼Anonymous

 

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

∼Agnes Sligh Turnbull

 

“Every once in a while a dog enters your life and changes everything.”

∼Anonymous

 

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”

∼Albert Einstein

 

“You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.”

∼Paul McCartney

 

“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.”

∼M. Facklam

 

“A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart.”

∼Judy Desmond

 

“The face of a golden retriever feels like home.“

∼David Rosenfelt

 

“In my lap I had my dear little pug, the smell of whose ears will always be sweeter to me than all the perfumes of Araby and the scent of heliotrope combined.“

∼Kathryn Davis

 

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

“In a dog’s life, some plaster would fall, some cushions would open, some rugs would shred. Like any relationship, this one had its costs. They were costs we came to accept and balance against the joy and amusement and protection and companionship he gave us.“

∼John Grogan

 

“A dog is like a person – he needs a job and a family to be what he’s meant to be.“

∼Andrew Vachss

A dog running in water with a log in its mouth, headline "125 Sad and Funny Dog Quotes About Love"

Sad Dog Quotes About Loss

“They had buried him under our elm tree, they said – yet this was not totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.“

∼Willie Morris

 

“When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.“

∼Robert McCammon

Love Dog Quotes

“Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal that doesn’t have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love.”

∼Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People

 

“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.”

∼Roger A. Caras

 

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”

∼Gilda Radner

 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

∼Josh Billings

 

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.“

∼Johnny Depp

 

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.“

∼John Grogan

 

We may call ourselves their master, but dogs are truly the masters of unconditional love.

∼Jeremy
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”

∼M.K. Clinton

 

“The love between dog and man is idyllic. It knows no conflicts, no hair-raising scenes; it knows no development.“

∼Milan Kundera

 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.“

∼Anatole France

 

“Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

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Dog Quotes Inspirational

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”

∼Orhan Pamuk

 

“Happiness is a warm puppy.“

∼Charles M. Schulz

 

“If you live with dogs, you’ll never run out of things to write about.“

∼Sharon Delarose

 

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.”

∼Agatha Christie

 

“The conclusion I have reached is that, above all, dogs are witnesses. They are allowed access to our most private moments. They are there when we think we are alone. Think of what they could tell us. They sit on the laps of presidents. They see acts of love and violence, quarrels and feuds, and the secret play of children. If they could tell us everything they have seen, all of the gaps of our lives would stitch themselves together.“

∼Carolyn Parkhurst

 

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

∼Mark Twain

 

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.”

∼Mark Twain

 

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

∼Woodrow Wilson

 

“Being a hero to someone, even if it is a dog, is a feeling like no other. Though it can be frustrating, it can be the most rewarding thing to give someone a second chance at a happy life.“

∼Elizabeth Parker

 

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment to animals.”

∼Immanuel Kant

 

“Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?”

∼Saint Basil

 

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.“

∼Milan Kundera

 

“Everything I know, I learned from dogs.”

∼Nora Roberts
“Be brave, no matter your size.”

∼Anonymous

 

“Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one.”

∼Anonymous

 

“If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.“

∼Charles Yu

 

“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. ‘I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you.’ There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.“

∼Caroline Knapp

 

“Questers of the truth, that’s who dogs are; seekers after the invisible scent of another being’s authentic core.“

∼Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

 

“Dogs act exactly the way we would act if we had no shame.”

∼Cynthia Heimel

 

“Over the years I’ve come to appreciate how animals enter our lives prepared to teach and far from being burdened by an inability to speak they have many different ways to communicate. It is up to us to listen more than hear, to look into more than past.“

∼Nick Trout

 

“The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.“

∼James Thurber

 

“Dogs are the magicians of the universe.“

∼Clarissa Pinkola Estés

 

“Discipline isn’t about showing a dog who’s boss; it’s about taking responsibility for a living creature you have brought into your world.“

∼Cesar Millan

 

“Because dogs live in the present. Because dogs don’t hold grudges. Because dogs let go of all their anger daily, hourly, and never let it fester. They absolve and forgive with each passing minute. Every turn of a corner is the opportunity for a clean slate. Every bounce of a ball brings joy and the promise of a fresh chase.“

∼Steven Rowley

 

“Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs is that they take us away from this obsession with ourselves. When our thoughts start to go in circles, and we seem unable to break away, wondering what horrible event the future holds for us, the dog opens a window into the delight of the moment.“

∼Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

 

“Science has so far been unable to tell us how self-aware dogs are, much less whether they have anything like our conscious thoughts. This is not surprising, since neither scientists nor philosophers can agree about what the consciousness of humans consists of, let alone that of animals.“

∼John Bradshaw

 

“Sometimes, it turns out, the most important decisions in life are made by your dog.“

∼Adam Gidwitz

 

“May I tell you a wonderful truth about your dog? […] You have been given stewardship of what you in your faith might call a holy soul.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

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Dog Quotes Best Friend

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

∼ Mark Twain

 

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.”

∼Christopher Morley

 

“The very best thing about dogs is how they just know when you need them most, and they’ll drop everything that they’re doing to sit with you awhile.“

∼Steven Rowley

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

∼Roger A. Caras

 

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it watching for us to come home each day.”

∼John Grogan

 

“Nobody 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.”

∼Gene Hill

 

“The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.”

∼Lord Byron

 

“Intelligent dogs rarely want to please people whom they do not respect.”

∼W.R. Koehler

 

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

∼George Elliot

 

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

“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.“

∼Doris Day

 

“They [dogs]never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.“

∼Jerome K. Jerome

 

“Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moment, cry, ‘Let’s go!’ and lead them on a great adventure.“

∼Dean Koontz

 

“The greatest 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

 

“The capacity for love that makes dogs such rewarding companions has a flip-side: They find it difficult to cope without us. Since we humans programmed this vulnerability, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our dogs do not suffer as a result.“

∼John Bradshaw

 

Loyalty Dog Quotes

“There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog“

∼Konrad Lorenz

 

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.“

∼John Grogan

 

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.”

∼George Graham

 

“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.“

∼Martin Luther

 

“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.“

∼Mark Haddon

 

“Any man with money to make the purchase may become a dog’s owner. But no man – spend he ever so much coin and food and tact in the effort – may become a dog’s Master without consent of the dog. Do you get the difference? And he whom a dog once unreservedly accepts as Master is forever that dog’s God.“

∼Albert Payson Terhune

 

“I never met a man half so true as a dog. Treat a dog right, and he’ll treat you right. He’ll keep you company, be your friend, and never ask you no questions. Cats is different, but I never held that against ’em.“

∼Mary Ann Shaffer

 

“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.“

∼Max DePree

Funny Dog Quotes

“The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.”

∼Ambrose Bierce

 

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”

∼Christopher Hitchens

 

“When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.“

∼Kristan Higgins

 

“You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, ‘My GOSH, you’re RIGHT! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!“

∼Dave Barry

 

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”

∼Andrew A. Rooney

 

“Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.”

∼Anonymous

 

“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.”

∼Franklin P. Jones

 

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

∼Anne Landers

 

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”

∼Ben Williams

 

“If your dog is fat, you need more exercise.”

∼Anonymous

 

“The more boys I meet the more I love my dog.”

∼Carrie Underwood

 

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.”

∼Robert Benchley

 

“Dogs are better than humans because they know but do not tell.”

∼Emily Dickinson

 

“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.”

∼Sigmund Freud

 

“Dogs never bite me just humans.”

∼Marylin Monroe

 

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”

∼Edward Hoagland

 

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.”

∼Anonymous

 

“If our dog doesn’t like you we probably won’t either.”

∼Anonymous

 

“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.“

∼Roger A. Caras

 

“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.“

∼Dave Barry

 

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.“

∼James Thurber

 

“As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point.“

∼Jean Ferris

 

“My cats inspire me daily. They inspire me to get a dog!“

∼Greg Curtis

 

“Whoever said you can’t buy Happiness forgot little puppies.“

∼Gene Hill

 

“[Speaking about Washington, DC.] You want a friend in this city? Get a dog!“

∼Harry Truman

 

“I sometimes look into the face of my dog Stan and see a wistful sadness and existential angst, when all he is actually doing is slowly scanning the ceiling for flies.“

∼Merrill Markoe

 

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.“

∼Cesar Millan

 

“The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor.”

∼Margot Kaufman

 

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.“

∼Colette

 

“It’s hard not to immediately fall in love witha dog who has a good sense of humor.“

∼Kate DiCamillo

 

“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job!“

∼George Carlin

 

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.“

∼Will Rogers

 

“You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter.“

∼Kate DiCamillo

 

“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.“

∼John Grogan

 

“Sometimes you’re sure dogs have some secret, superior intelligence, and other times you know they’re only their simple, goofy selves.“

∼Deb Caletti

 

“Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.”

∼Max Eastman

 

“You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.“

∼Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

Dogs Are the Masters of Unconditional Love

If you want to live a long and happy life you need to respect yourself and everyone else you meet. Learn the secret from the master of unconditional love.

Don’t think of what you can gain from someone, think of what you can share and create with them. You can only give what you receive.

A dog knows this secret intuitively. They are trying to teach us if only we would listen. Maybe that is why they so desperately want our attention.

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