I can’t imagine not having a dog in my life. I decided to compile a list of famous dog quotes from people who apparently love them the way I do.
My parents brought home a Collie puppy when I was a year old and we grew up together.
I couldn’t have had a better dog to spend my childhood with: she was my playmate and protector. She treated me like I was her puppy and herded me away from anything she wasn’t sure about.
That dog made me a lifelong fan of canines.
Here’s a list of favorite dog quotes for folks like me.
1. “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
This quote has long been attributed to humorist Will Rogers. I have to believe dogs go to heaven and I’ll see mine when I get there. I’d hate to imagine heaven could even exist without them.
2. “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
One of my favorite authors, Dean Koontz, had this to say. Koontz adopted a golden retriever named Trixie years ago when a leg injury prevented her from completing a companion dog program. He wrote often of how she had changed his life.
3. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
This quote was attributed to Josh Billings, the pen name of 19th-century American humorist and lecturer Henry Wheeler Shaw.
4. “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”
This bit of wisdom came from humorist and 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney.
5. “I love shutting my front door and being at home with just my dog and me. That’s when I’m happiest.”
Actress Lucy Davis gets the credit for this quote and I can’t disagree with her sentiment.
6. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras was an American wildlife photographer, writer, wildlife preservationist and television personality.
7. “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”
This pearl of wisdom came from the late comedienne Gilda Radner.
8. “A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”
This quote is attributed to actor Robert Wagner.
9. “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”
Novelist Agnes Sligh Turnbull’s writing was said to reflect a hopeful outlook on life. But unfortunately, she’s right about a dog’s life span: no amount of time with a good dog is ever long enough.
10. “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.”
This quote, attributed to President Harry S Truman, is true outside of the nation’s capital as well.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.