"You can judge a nation's moral progress by how it treats its animals" (Mahatma Gandhi).
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion (Unknown).
There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away. (Rescue Workers Adoption Page)
Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog. (Sydney Jeanne Seward)
I would like, to begin with, to say that though parents, husbands, children, lovers and friends are all very well, they are not dogs (Elizabeth Von Arnim).
(On dog Rescue)
"Saving one dog or cat will not change the world, but for them it will change their world forever." (From an email of Nancy Tucker in New York, on the Toller Rescue list - Nancy and "Rescue," dedicated to rescuing Tollers and other pets).
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).
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 need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard (Dave Barry).
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face (Ben Williams).
The dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself (Josh Billings).
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person (Andrew A. Rooney).
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)
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea (Robert Heinlein).
No heaven can heaven be, if my dog's not there to welcome me (Anon).
The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
"Only by means of reverence for life can we establish a spiritual and humane relationship with both people and all living creatures within our world. Only in this fashion can we avoid harming others" (Albert Schweitzer).
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal...Prov 12:10
To the world you are a rescue person, to the rescued animal, you are the world. (from email, Mary Beth Duerler, RPOA).
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" (Anatole France).
"What is man with out beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected" (Chief Seattle).
"People who let their dogs and cats have litters in order to show their children the "miracle of birth" should come witness the 'miracle of death' performed in the back rooms of animal shelters all over the country" (Phyllis Wright, Humane Society of the US).
"I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs. They are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor violate by cruelty" (James Herriot).
"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life" (Roger Caras).
"Whenever I feel poor, I remember that I'd rather have my dogs than other people's money" (Susan Conant, "Black Ribbon").
"We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form" (William Ralph Inge).
A Prayer for the Animals
"Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for animals who are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. We entreate for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals, and so to share the blessings of the Merciful." (Dr. Albert Schweitzer)
"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 a man" (Mark Twain).
"Sir Walter Scott referred to the Deerhound as "the most perfect creature of Heaven""(Paddock, Arliss. "Dignity and Grace." AKC Gazette, Dec. 2003, 26-31).
"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole" (Roger Carras).
"[Trixie] makes us stop and appreciate the smallest things in life... You find yourself noticing things more, paying more attention, instead of breezing by. That's a lesson [dogs] teach you" (Dean Koontz, quoted in Dog Fancy, July 2004: 4).
“I think I could turn and live with animals, they're so placid and self contain'd,. . . .
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth.”
Some quotes are too long and are on separate pages. Here are the links:
Outside Dogs Michigan Humane Society
Outside Dogs quotes about
Colby Glass, MLIS