The year of the dog

February 2006

For the Chinese, this is the year of the dog. And so, in honor of a man and woman’s best friend, some canine quips and quotes. (And if you’re a cat owner, well, you’re used to being ignored.)

A dog says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God.” A cat says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God.”
        Gerald Robison and Bob Sjogren in
        Cat and Dog Theology

To a dog, every morning is Christmas morning . . . and you’re Santa Claus.

Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
        Mary Bly

Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
        Groucho Marx

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

Say something idiotic and nobody but a dog politely wags his tail.
        Virginia Graham

They are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
        Emily Dickinson

To err is human; to forgive, canine.

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
        Andrew A. Rooney

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.
        Mark Twain

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.
        Dave Barry

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

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

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
        Rita Rudner

I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
        Will Rogers

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

Happiness is a warm puppy.
        Charles M. Schulz

Dogs are the closest thing we have on earth to God’s unconditional love.

Photo: Teddy Watkins (1999-2012)

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