Dogs touch our lives and our hearts.  
Some of these dog quotes will make you laugh - some of these dog quotes will make you cry - some of these dog quotes will make you think.


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 Tucker's current favorite quote (about Einstein, a Golden Retriever):
"Einstein was on the floor, on his belly, reading a novel".
-- dog quote by Dean Koontz, (Tucker's favorite author)  from   Watchers    (a recommended book)
See more Dean Koontz dog quotes below.


                                Just a Dog

From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up. It's just a dog."
               or "That's a lot of money for  just a dog." 

 They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent or costs involved for "Just a dog".

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog". 
Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog"
          and not once have I felt slighted. 
Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "just a dog". 
            In those days of darkness ,
            the gentle touch of  "Just a dog"  provided comfort   
            and purpose to overcome the day.

 If you, too, think it's "Just a dog", you will probably understand phrases like
         "Just a friend" or "just a sunrise" or "Just a promise".

 "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
      and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience  that make me a better person. 

Because of "Just a dog" I will rise early,
           take long walks, and look longingly to the future.

 For me and folks like me, it's not "Just a dog". 
     It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
     the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts
        away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog."
      It's the thing that gives me humanity and keep me from being
                                "Just a man " or "Just a woman".

So the next time you hear the phrase "Just a dog",
              Smile because they "Just don't understand"..

R. Bily, Versatile Hunting Dog, 2006

Just so that no one misunderstands; I do not feel that Tucker is "just a dog".  I have loved all my dogs.   However, I have such an amazing and special relationship with Tucker.  Perhaps it is because he approaches everything in life with intensity, energy, and joy.     Sally  



Quote to Consider - For You and your dog.
"We are certainly much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are".    
people and dog quote by Adelle Davis



  Quote for  Pet Cancer Awareness  - in memory of  my Cooper
"The passion that moves us forward is from
experiencing what Cancer really does to the ones
we love. We are driven because there is a hole
in our soul where once was the love of our dog."

-- dog quote by --   Gary D. Nice

"A dog is not  'almost human', and I know of no greater insult to the canine race thta to describe it as such".

--dog quote by -- John Holmes

"Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul will have remained dormant."
--dog quote by -- Anatole France


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Update - Tucker nows says that his favorite author is Trixie Koontz,  a golden retriever who had belonged to Dean Koontz.  Below are some quotes  from her  book Life is Good! lessons in joyful living.  And from
a big little life  A Memoir of a Joyful Dog , Dean Koontz's tribute to Trixie.

"One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us."
--dog quote by -- dean koontz  a big little life    (a recommended book)

“Don’t struggle against life.  Float with it.  Be bouyant.  You won’t sink unless you expect to”
--dog quote by trixie koontz, dog, Life is Good! lessons in joyful living, edited by dean koontz
   (a recommended book)

"To be happy, use your nose.  Every day is rich in smells. ... a cliche, sure, but if you got roses,smell 'em."
--dog quote by trixie koontz, dog, Life is Good! lessons in joyful living, edited by dean koontz
  (a recommended book)


“... and laugh until your face hurts”
--dog quote by Trixie Koontz, dog, Life is Good! lessons in joyful living, edited by dean koontz
   (a recommended book)

“A joyful life needs to have purpose”
--dog quote by trixie koontz, dog, Life is Good! lessons in joyful living, edited by dean koontz
   (a recommended book)

"I watch my dogs.  They throw themselves into everything they do; even their sleeping is wholehearted.  They aren't waiting for a better tomorrow, or looking back at their glory days. Following their example, I'm trying to stick to the present."
-- dog quote by Abigail Thomas, A Three Dog Life


If your dog doesn't like someone, maybe you shouldn't either."
--dog quote by unknown child  (From the mouth of babes...)


"The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state the dog is full of love.
I've also proved, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest."
--dog quote by Ogden Nash

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
(Max and his Mom sent me this dog quote after they had suffered the loss of Max's littermate Sherlock).

A favorite quote of Sally's - In honor of my dear Tucker, who sits by her side.

--dog quote by -- Chris Fabry,   Almost Heaven

"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."
-- dog quote Merrill Markoe
Shared by  Katrina and Obie the Schnauzer
Tucker says  "This is an especially fun quote - since my person Dad is named Stan."


"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 the shaft of winter sunlight". 
--  dog quote by John Grogan


"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive."
--  dog quote by Gilda Radner


  "... a good dog is one of the best things of all to be."
-- another dog quote by Dean Koontz,  The Darkest Evening of the Year   (a recommended book)

 "God has not changed his mind about the animals. He has made provision for them.  In truth, they really are his animals and not ours.  They belong to the one who created them and gave them life.  They are merely on loan to us, and as inconceivable as it may seem, God loves them more than you and I ever could."
-- dog quote by Gary Kurz, Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates   (a recommended book)

 "He took my heart and ran with it, and I hope he's running still, fast and strong, a piece of my heart bound up with his forever"
-- dog quote by Patricia McConnell, For The Love of A Dog

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms"
-- dog quote by George Eliot

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."
-- dog quote by Max Eastman Enjoyment of Laughter
Tucker says "Dogs with no tails laugh too.  They call us 'wiggle butts'."

"The great 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.
--dog quote by Samuel Butler, 1912     from Funny Puppies , J.C. Suares

"They are I think called Chihuahuas because they chew on everything including my toys."
-- dog quote by Jessie Rose, Kindergartener, Syracuse     from Funny Puppies , J.C. Suares
  Tucker says     -- Jessie must be pronouncing it - CHEW-OW-WA

"The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a human being. The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be."
-- dog quote by Konrad Lorenz

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?  Four.  Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg."
Abraham Lincoln
Tucker says   "Think about this one!!"

Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies."
-- dog quote by Gene Hill

"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."
-- dog quote by Gene Hill

 "It is the basic principle of using parables drawn from our work-a-day  world to help us clearly understand the noble, wondrous purposes of our loving Father.  ... God used this dog to help me really see what He Himself is like in character and conduct."
-- dog quote by Philip Keller, Lessons from a Sheepdog       (a recommended book)

 "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own,
having a dog makes you rich."
--dog quote by Louis Sabin

"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."
-- dog quote by Dave Barry

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog."
-- dog quote by Charles Doran

"Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative."
-- dog quote by Mordecai Siegal

"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. "
-- dog quote by Milan Kundera

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult."
-- dog quote by Rita Rudner

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."
-- dog quote by Robert Benchley

 "The dog was created especially for children.  He is the god of frolic."
-- dog quote by Henry Ward Beecher

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
-- dog quote by Ann Landers

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
-- dog quote by Mark Twain

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."
-- dog quote by John Steinbeck

"I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers."
-- dog quote by Unknown Source

"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
-- dog quote by Rita Rudner

"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog"
-- dog quote attributed to Harry Truman

"If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to go home and examine your conscience.” 
-- dog quote by Woodrow Wilson

“I love a dog.  He does nothing for political reasons.” 
-- dog quote by Will Rogers

Tucker's  Dog Jokes --

Have you heard about the new dog cross-breeds?
They crossed a Bloodhound and a Labrador.  The new breed is
      a Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly.
They crossed a Collie and a Lhasa Apso. The new breed is
     a Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport.
They crossed a Spitz and a Chow-Chow. The new breed is
     a Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot.
They crossed a Pekingese and a Lhasa Apso. The new breed is
     a Peekasso, an abstract dog.
They crossed a Irish Water Spaniel and a English Springer Spaniel. The new breed is
        a Irish Spring-er, a dog fresh and clean.
They crossed a Newfoundland and a Basset Hound. The new breed is
        a Newfound Asset Hound, a dog  for financial advisors
They crossed a Malamute and a Pointer. The new breed is
        a Moot Point, owned by....      oh, well, it doesn't really matter.
They crossed a Collie and a Malamute. The new breed is
      a Commute, a dog that travels to work.
They crossed  a Kerry Blue Terrier with a Skye Terrier. The new breed is 
      the Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries.
They crossed a Labrador Retriever and a Curly Coated Retriever.  The new breed is
      a Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of laboratory researchers.

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