What they say about dogs

Last updated 08:00 14/09/2012

This week I've collected some of my favourite insights and sayings about dogs. Do the quotes come close to describing the connection between dog and human? That's a tall order, so if the words don't work for you, then just consult the faces.

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." - Colette


"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras


"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." - Janet Schnellman

Flash, Sonic, Vapor, Jack

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." - Bonnie Wilcox


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



"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones


"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams


"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


"Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?" - Jerry Seinfeld


"Dogs act exactly the way we would act if we had no shame." - Cynthia Heimel


"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." - Franklin P. Jones


"Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. 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, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog



"The biggest dog has been a pup." - Joaquin Miller

James 1

James 2

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does." - Christopher Morley

Owen and Biko

"It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up." - P.G. Wodehouse


"It sometimes takes days, even weeks, before a dog's nerves tire. In the case of terriers it can run into months." - E.B. White


"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives."   - Sue Murphy


"Puppies are nature's remedy for feeling unloved, plus numerous other ailments of life." - Richard Allan Palm


"Happiness is a warm puppy." - Charles Schulz


"The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic." - Henry Ward

Daisy and Jo

Featured today are Milly (coverdog); Bailey (in the waves); Flash, Sonic, Vapor and Jack (running from the sea); Bertie (boots); Babs (hand for a pillow); Pepper (muddy); Sooty (snowy fur); Winston (big tongue); Jessie (Collie); Milo (resting on chair); Benji (searching for Rashuns); Alfie (wants a scratch); Shadow; Lexi; James (the growing German Shepherd); Owen and Biko (grinning); Lola (upright poser); Nelson (terrier pup); Issy (flopped); Lucifer (Rottie pup); Romi (Lab pup); Daisy and Jo.

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Shifty   #1   08:09 am Sep 14 2012

Great collection, once again. Thanks Nick (and contributers).

Lori M   #2   08:17 am Sep 14 2012

Great collection today, thanks Nick (and fur-baby owners) no chance of picking a favorite, and I loved the quotes, all so true.

I love coming home at night, I feel like the most important person in the world when my 2 dogs quiver with the excitement of seeing me. The hugs are pretty special too... (my girl has a way of snuggling in, and then heaving a large contented sigh as she gets fully cosied up) - warms the heart every time.

mchaggis   #3   08:22 am Sep 14 2012

Wow! This would have to be up there with many of the best Furry Fridays.

Beautiful photo subjects to support some wonderfully relevant quotations relating to our dear dog friends.

Thanks so much Nick, contributors and pets of course. An enjoyable collection indeed.

Moi   #4   08:37 am Sep 14 2012

AWWWWW! Again - a perfect way to start the day :)

lorraine   #5   08:38 am Sep 14 2012

loving them all - such lovely quotes - gives me goosbumps!

Bobbi   #6   08:42 am Sep 14 2012

aww so much puppy cuteness! outstanding as usual, Thank you.

Karen Tay   #7   08:57 am Sep 14 2012

So many gorgeous canines! But my favourite has got to be the wet golden retriever with the stick at the beach. That expression on his face is just pure unadulterated doggie bliss...

Sophie   #8   08:57 am Sep 14 2012

I was feeling so down after a bad conversation at work this morning. I saw this article on stuff and thought it might pick me up. Now I am grinning ear to ear and thinking about my doggies waiting for me at home. :D

SS   #9   08:59 am Sep 14 2012

Wonderful! I grew up on a farm and our dog had puppies every year, which my father sold when they were about 3-4 months old. It was always sad to see them go but I still laugh out loud 40 years on when I recall the fun we had playing with all those puppies. Puppies and children are made for each other.

Flipp   #10   09:07 am Sep 14 2012

My boys (two black Labradors) are by far my very best mates ... so loyal, fun ... the list goes on, but I can tell you that my life would be empty if it wasn't for them :-)

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