“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”     Author unknown


“A dog has the soul of a philosopher”    Plato


“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  Roger  Caras


“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France


“If  having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans..”    James Herriot


“…Soul is the same thing in all living creatures, although the body of each is different..”    Hippocrates


“Animals share with us the privilege of  having a soul….”    Pythagoras



  The character Chris Snow describing his bond with his dog/brother Orson:

“We have been through a lot together. The two of us share something beyond the deepest friendship, a unique relationship without which neither of us would be quite whole.”  by Dean Koontz  from   “Seize the Night”


“Dogs were put in this world to remind humanity that love, loyalty, devotion, courage, patience and good humor are the qualities that, with honesty, are the essence of admirable character and the very definition of a life well lived.”   By  Dean Koontz  from  “Seize the Night”


“Dogs are born to be enchanted every bit as much as they are born to enchant”.”

By Dean Koontz  from  “One Door Away from Heaven”


“…what most separates dogs from humankind isn’t mental capacity, however, but innocence. This innocence carries with it a clarity of perception that allows dogs to glory in the wonder of creation in even the most humble scene and quiet moment…the combination of their innocence and their intelligence allows them to serve as a bridge between what is transient and what is eternal, between the finite and the infinite.”   By Dean Koontz  from  “One Door Away from Heaven”


“..my job was to love her in her imperfection, and I did. She calls me a miracle, but this is the miracle: eventually she believed I loved her, beyond a shadow of a shadow of a doubt.”  By Pam Houston from  “Sight Hound”


Life Lessons learned from your dog:

If you can start the day without caffeine-

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles-

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it-

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment-

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend-

If you can conquer tension without medical help-

If you can face the world without lies and deceit-

If you can relax without liquor-

If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him-

If you can honestly say that you have no prejudice-

…then, you’re almost as good as your dog.

                     From Canine Times Issue 103


“There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings-we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and live freely, and we all share this planet together.”   Gandhi


“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mythical concept of animals…we patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err; and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complex than ours, they moved, finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.”  By Henry Beston from “The Outermost House”


“ I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.”  Edith Wharton


“Every creature is full of God and is a book about God.”    Meister Eckhart


“ In a wonderful and inexpressible way, God is created in His creatures.”

Scotus Erigena


“Because the Divine goodness could not adequately be represented by one creature alone, God produced many and diverse creatures, that what was wanting in one in the representation of the Divine goodness might be supplied by another.”  Thomas Aquinas


A dog hath true love

A dog hath right good understanding

A wise dog knoweth all things

A dog hath force and kindliness,

A dog hath mettle and is comely,

A dog is in all things seemly

A knowing dog thinketh no evil,

A dog hath a memory that forgetteth not

I say unto you again

A dog forsaketh not his duty

Hath might and cunning therewith

And a great brave heart.      Poeme sur la Chasse, 1359, Gace de la Vigne



“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”  Robert Louis Stevenson


“Whiskers of the cat, webbed toes on my swimming dog- God is in the details.”

By Dean Koontz   from “Book of Counted Sorrows”


“…I thought to myself, do not we, in hunting innocent animals to death, very much resemble the devil who by crafty wiles, and the instrument of wicked priests, is seeking continually whom he may devour.”  Martin Luther   1535


“Oh, Shame on the mother of mortals, Who did not stop to teach, the sorrow that lies in dear animal eyes, the sorrow that has no speech.  For the same force formed the canine, that fashioned man and king, and the God of the whole gave a spark of soul to each furred and feathered thing.”  Author unknown


“Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware of giving your heart to a dog to tear.”

Rudyard Kipling


Re: Dogs

“If it be the point of friendship to comply with a friends notions and inclinations he (the dog) possesses this in an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit, and walks when I walk, which is more than many good friends can pretend to do.”

Alexander Pope



“If you pick up a staving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”  Mark Twain


“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.”



“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.” 

Milan Kundera