for the love of dogs

see my collection of great dogs here:


  • People with dogs have lower blood pressure and live longer.
  • Dogs have a genius for observing human behavior that they use to love us as we need to be loved.
  • No other critter yearns to please its master as does the dog.
  • No other creature gives unconditional love as does the dog.
  • They have a more highly developed emotional life than any animal.
  • Who but a dog can exhibit such joy when its friends come home or it’s time for an adventure?


Voltaire said:  “Judge this dog who has lost his master, who has searched for him with mournful cries in every path, who comes home agitated, restless, who runs up and down the stairs, who goes from room to room, who at last finds his beloved master in his study, and shows him his joy by the tenderness of cries, by his leaps, by his caresses.”

Samuel Coleridge said:  “The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy.  His son or daughter may prove ungrateful.  Those who are nearest and dearest to him may become traitors to their faith.   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.” 

James Thurber said:  “Dogs may be Man’s best friend, but Man is often Dog’s severest critic, in spite of his historic protestations of affection and admiration. He observes, cloudily, that this misfortune or that shouldn’t happen to a dog, as if most slings and arrows should, and he describes anybody he can’t stand as a dirty dog. He notoriously takes the names of the female dog and her male offspring in vain, to denounce blackly members of his own race. In all this disdain and contempt there is a curious streak of envy, akin to what the psychiatrists know as sibling rivalry. Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog.”


People have a lot of curious uses of the word “dog.” These idioms should dispel any doubts about the intimate relationship between humans and dogs since they figure so prominently in our language.

Here are some examples: We have to put on a dog and pony show; Every dog has his day; You look like somebody just shot your dog; He’s the top dog; He’s as mean as a junkyard dog; He’s gone to the dogs; It’s the dog days of summer; I’m the big dog around here; You are a dog-faced liar; That dog won’t hunt; There’s a dog leg on the eighth hole; If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas: What you need is the hair of the dog; It’s a dog eat dog world; You’re dogging me man; You can’t run with the big dogs; You are barking up the wrong tree; If you refer a new customer, I’ll give you a birddog fee; I worked like a dog; You’re a lucky dog; The dog ate my homework; My dogs are barking; The tail’s wagging the dog; There’s life in this old dog yet; That shouldn’t happen to a dog; I’m in the dog house; Let sleeping dogs lie; His bark is worse than his bite; Call off the dogs; I am as sick as a dog; I’m dog tired; I’ve been thrown to the dogs; You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.



Miguel Cervantes said:  “I know well enough that there have been dogs so loving that they have thrown themselves into the same grave with the dead bodies of their masters; others have stayed upon their masters’ graves without stirring a moment from them, and have voluntarily starved themselves to death, refusing to touch the food that was brought them.”

Willie Morris, in his fabulous book,My Dog Skip, wrote:  “The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, and love, and death: Old Skip was my brother. They had buried him under our elm tree, they said — yet this wasn’t totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.”

Will Rogers wrote:  “If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.”

Aldous Huxley wrote:  “To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” 

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

Mark Twain wrote:  “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.”

Dave Barry said: “ 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.
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