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Ruff It! 280 Adorable and Inspirational Quotes About Dogs

Adorable inspirational dog quotes

The American Veterinary Medical Association says that more than 43 million American households have dogs in them. Altogether, Americans own nearly 70 million dogs. While there are more households with dogs than cats, Americans own more cats than dogs.

Even so, Americans' love for dogs is immeasurable. And love for dogs is something that's understood and embraced worldwide.

Here is a collection of 280 adorable quotes about dogs from authors, actors, politicians, and more. Chances are at least one of these dog quotes rings true for you—especially if you are, in fact, a dog-lover.

280 Dog Quotes

1. "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs." —Politician Charles de Gaulle

2. "Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished." —Author Dean Koontz


3. "If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them." —Author Phil Pastoret

4. "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive." —Comedienne Gilda Radner

5. "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." —Actor Will Rogers

6. "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." —News commentator Andy Rooney

7. "Happiness is a warm puppy." —Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz


8. "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." —Former President Harry S. Truman

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9. "Folk will know how large your soul is, by the way you treat a dog." —Author, academic and political expert Charles F. Doran

10. "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." —Humorist Josh Billings


11. "The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." —Actor Johnny Depp

12. "A house is not a home until it has a dog." —Conservationist and author Gerald Durrell

13. "Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer." —Author Dean Koontz

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14. "Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell." —Poet Emily Dickinson

15. "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." —Animal welfare advocate Roger A. Caras


16. "Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen." —Author Orhan Pamuk

17. "My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet." —Writer Edith Wharton

18. "After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation." —Novelist Robert McCammon

19. "A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his." —Author John Grogan

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20. "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you." —Writer, filmmaker, and humorist Nora Ephron

21. "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." —Outdoor writer Gene Hill

22. "If you don’t have a dog—at least one—there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life." —Artist Vincent van Gogh

23. "Everything I know, I learned from dogs." —Author Nora Roberts

24. "A dog has one aim in life . . . to bestow his heart." —Writer and editor J.R. Ackerley

25. "They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation." —Humorist Jerome K. Jerome

26. "Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really." —Author Agnes Sligh Turnbull 

27. "It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them." —Author John Grogan

28. "The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog." —Author MK Clinton

29. "Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had." —Writer Thom Jones

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30. "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." —Actress Gilda Radner

31. "Dogs are the best example of a being who doesn't need to lie to protect someone's pride." —Ammiel Josiah Monterde

32. "They say the smart dog obeys but the smarter dog knows when to disobey." —Amy Hempel, American Writer

33. "You do not own a dog. You have a dog. And the dog has you." —Chelsea Handler

34. "When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated." —Sarah Paretsky

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

36. "In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this." —Terry Pratchett

37. "Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails." —Max Eastman

38. "Dogs and angels are not very far apart." —Charles Bukowski, German American 

39. "My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty." —Elayne Boosler

40. "Even the tiniest poodle or chihuahua is still a wolf at heart." —Dorothy Hinshaw

41. "They motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure, and be loyal." —Tom Hayden

42. "No one can truly understand the bond we form with the cats we love until they experience the loss of one." —Unknown

43. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened." —Anatole France

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44. "If your dog doesn't like someone, you probably shouldn't either." —Jack Canfield

45. "Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life." —James Cromwell

46. "Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?" —Jerry Seinfeld

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

48. "Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished." —Dean Koontz, American Writer

49. "Dog is God spelled backward." —Duane Chapman

50. "Pets understand humans better than humans do." —Ruchi Prabhu

51. "I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days." —Bill Dana

52. "No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish." —Kin Hubbard

53. "If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog." —George Bernard Shaw

54. "When the cat you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." —Unknown

55. "Home is where the dog runs to greet you." —Unknown

56. "The kindness lavished on dogs, if evenly distributed, would establish peace on earth." —William Feather

57. "A dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of." —Jill Abramson

58. "People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story." —Jim Butcher

59. "Cats are inquisitive but hate to admit it." —Mason Cooley

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60. "I told him about the way they get to know you. Not the way people do, the way they flatter you by wanting to know every last thing about you, only it isn't a compliment, it is just efficient, a person getting more quickly to the end of you. Correction - dogs do want to know every last thing about you. They take in the smell of you, they know from the next room, asleep, when a mood settles over you. The difference is there's not an end to it." —Amy Hempel, American Writer

61. "We never really own a dog as much as he owns us." —Gene Hill

62. "I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." —Winston Churchill

63. "The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog." —M.K. Clinton

64. "The memories and paw print of a beloved cat remains in our heart and soul forever." —Unknown

65. "There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog." —Mira Grant

66. "As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the humankind." —Cleveland Amory

67. "If there are junk yards in hell, love is the dog that guards the gates." —Charles Bukowski, German American Writer

68. "Cats have a scam going – you buy the food, they eat the food, they go away; that’s the deal." —Eddie Izzard

69. "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs." —Charles de Gaulle

70. "Bliss is the result of a silent conversation between me and my dog." —Unknown

71. "The truth is that it's just really hard for me to get to sleep without a dog in my bedroom." —Jimmy Stewart

72. "Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." —Franklin P. Jones

73. "Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love." —Gilda Radner

74. "A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." —Ernest Hemingway

75. "Dogs never bite me. Just humans." —Marilyn Monroe, American Actress

76. "A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down." —Robert Benchley

77. "When the Man waked up, he said, 'What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog anymore but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.' " —Rudyard Kipling

78. "I'm a lot less cranky when it’s just me and my dog." —Bob Peterson

79. "Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach." —Moby

80. "Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat’s personality is never bet on a human’s. He demands acceptance on his own terms." —Lloyd Alexander

81. "If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." —Albert Einstein, German Physicist

82. "My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat, and my dog." —Anne Lamott, American Writer

83. "The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." —Charles Dickens, English Writer

84. "When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, and then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad." —Kristan Higgins

85. "I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs." —Barbara Woodhouse

86. "Cats leave paw prints in your heart, forever and always." —Unknown

87. "It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dogs on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass." —Rodney Dangerfield

88. "Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." —Colette

89. "Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." —Franklin P. Jones

90. "It's hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor." —Kate DiCamillo

91. "What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around—that’s their job." —George Carlin

92. "Cats have it all—admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it." —Rod McKuen

93. "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." —Edward Hoagland

94. "For a man living alone, dogs are almost more important than human beings." —Richard Katz

95. "Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." —Ann Landers

96. "Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends." —Alexander Pope

97. "A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor." —Champfleury

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98. "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

99. "Heaven will never be Paradise unless my cats are there waiting for me." —Unknown

100. "All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog." —Charles M Schulz

101. "Dogs teach us a very important lesson in life: The mail man is not to be trusted." —Sian Fiord

102. "You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." —Harry Truman, American Politician

103. "If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way." —Mark Twain

104. "I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. . . . Also, dogs are faithful because they do not tell lies because they cannot talk." —Mark Haddon

105. "I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." —John Steinbeck

106. "[Dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation." —Jerome K. Jerome

107. "I’m not sure why I like cats so much. I mean, they’re really cute obviously. They are both wild and domestic at the same time." —Michael Showalter

108. "Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully." —Jon Katz

109. "Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape, a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." —Bonnie Wilcox

110. "The dog has got more fun out of man than man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that man is the more laughable of the two animals." —James Thurber

111. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

112. "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." —Hippolyte Taine

113. "A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden." —Robert Southey

114. "No matter how you’re feeling, a little dog gonna love you." —Waka Flocka Flame, American Rapper

115. "Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?" —Robert Breault

116. "When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you." —Eckhart Tolle

117. "Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." —Roger Caras, American Activist

118. "Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer." —Dean Koontz, American Author

119. "It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them." —John Grogan, American Author

120. "My main characters are the most sunny, happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn’t be happier that’s where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog’s world as I like, but the dog doesn’t care. Dog doesn’t judge, dog doesn’t dislike. Dog loves. That’s not so bad." —Bruce Cameron

121. "Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of all." —John Grogan, American Writer

122. "Love—that which biologists, nervous about being misunderstood, call 'attachment'—fuels the bond between dog and master or mistress." —John Bradshaw

123. "The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." —Samuel Butler

124. "Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." —W. L. George

125. "Actually, my dog I think is the only person who consistently loves me all the time." —H. G. Bissinger

126. "There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog." —Konrad Lorenz

127. "Kittens are angels with whiskers." —Alexis Flora Hope

128. "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 man." —Mark Twain, American Author

129. "If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as people." —Capek

130. "A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog’s eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, ‘What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do anything for you.’ Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don’t have sheep [I never have] is another matter. The dog is willing." —Roy Blount Jr.

131. "A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well—almost." —Charlotte Gray

132. "It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal." —John Grogan, American Author

133. "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

134. "I'm for the unconditional love of dogs. May we learn the lesson of that love by heart." —Taylor Mali

135. "Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend never owned a dog." —Unknown

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136. "My sunshine doesn't come from the sky. It comes from the love in my dog's eyes." —Unknown

137. "Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don't waste time being afraid of tomorrow." —Dan Gemeinhart

138. "The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend." —Lord Byron, Poet

139. "Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." —Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

140. "There are no bad days when you come home to a dog's love." —Unknown

141. "A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad." —Robert Wagner

142. "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." —Leonardo da Vinci, Artist

143. "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." —Andy Rooney

144. " 'I'm not alone,' said the boy. 'I've got a puppy.' " —Jane Thayer

145. "Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really." —Agnes Sligh Turnbull

146. "The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s." —Mark Twain, American Author

147. "Intelligent dogs rarely want to please people whom they do not respect." —W.R. Koehler

148. "Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way." —Caroline Knapp

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

150. "No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." —Abraham Lincoln, American Politician

151. "The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be." —Konrad Lorenz

152. "Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies." —Gene Hill

153. "It seems to me that the good Lord in his infinite wisdom gave us three things to make life bearable—hope, jokes, and dogs. But the greatest of these was dogs." —Robyn Davidson

154. "Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul." —Pythagoras, Greek Philosopher

155. "Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just new colors but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment." —Caroline Knapp

156. "Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks." —Roger Caras, American Activist

157. "Rescued is my favorite breed." —Unknown

158. "Best part of the day is coming home to a wagging tail." —Unknown

159. "After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation." —Robert McCammon

160. "Who loves me will love my dog also." —Proverb

161. "Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen." —Orhan Pamuk

162. "Dogs don't lie. A dog's tail is a strikingly honest window to their souls." —Jim Hillibish

163. "Not every person knows how to love a dog, but every dog knows how to love a person." —Unknown

164. "A dog has the soul of a philosopher." —Plato, Greek Philosopher

165. "Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to." —Joe Gores

166. "The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." —Johnny Depp

167. "If you want a friend, buy a dog." —Kevin O’Leary

168. "Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever if you have a dog." —Douglas Malloch

169. "The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his." —James Thurber

170. "You'll never walk alone because I'll always be with you. Love, your dog." —Unknown

171. "People have been asking me if I was going to have kids, and I had puppies instead." —Kate Jackson

172. "No matter how crappy your day is, there is always a happy face waiting for you to get home." —Unknown

173. "I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source." —Doris Day

174. "Live. Laugh. Bark." —Unknown

175. "Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of your life and one of the worst days." —Unknown

176. "Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog is also a hedonist." —Mary Oliver, American Poet

177. "What a beautiful world it would be if humans had hearts like dogs." —Unknown

178. "Being this cute must be so freaking ruff." —Unknown

179. "If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness." —Marjorie Garber

180. "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." —Joseph Wood Krutch

181. "Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine?" —Gabriel Zevin

182. "A dog may be man’s best friend, but a child’s best friend is a puppy." —Unknown

183. "Dogs live in the present. . . . Every turn of a corner is the opportunity for a clean slate. Every bounce of a ball brings joy and the promise of a fresh chase." —Steven Rowley

184. "Everything I know I learned from dogs." —Nora Roberts

185. "The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment." —Robert Falcon Scott

186. "Puppies are nature’s remedy for feeling unloved, plus numerous other ailments of life." —Richard Allen Palm

187. "Happiness is a warm puppy." —Charles Shultz

188. "A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me." —Barack Obama, American Politician

189. "Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them." —Jim Davis

190. "Hounds follow those who feed them." —Otton von Bismarck

191. "Keep calm and pet a dog." —Unknown

192. "Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog!" —Charles F. Doran

193. "You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you; they will be there long before any of us." —Robert Louis Stevenson

194. "Love is a four-legged word." —Unknown

195. "My cats inspire me daily. They inspire me to get a dog!" —Greg Curtis

196. "My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet." —Edith Wharton

197. "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." —James Herriot

198. "I just want to be in my sweats, walk my dog, watch TV and eat pizza." —America Ferrera, American Actress

199. "My dog thinks I’m a catch." —Unknown

200. "It’s impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more puppies." —Unknown

201. "Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?" —Jonathan Safran Foer, American Author

202. "And so, the snuggles and treats begin." —Unknown

203. "What greater gift than the love of a cat?" —Unknown

204. "Every puppy should have a boy." —Erma Bombeck

205. "Life is a series of dogs." —George Carlin

206. "Just watching my cats can make me happy." —Paula Cole

207. "Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong." —Unknown

208. "If it wasn’t for puppies, some people would never go for a walk." —Unknown

209. "Little pup, big world." —Unknown

210. "I asked a kid, 'What is love?' He answered, 'Love is when a puppy licks your face,' I laughed before he added, 'even when you left him alone all day.' " —Unknown

211. "The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother—and they’ll settle for a puppy every time." —Winston Pendleton

212. "Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell." —Emily Dickinson, American Poet

213. "The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two." —Maurice Maeterlinck

214. "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." —Robert A. Heinlein

215. "I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love." —James Herriot

216. "If you're lucky, a dog will come into your life, steal your heart, and change everything." —Unknown

217. "A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel guilty so that you cannot enjoy it." —Helen Thomson

218. "I don’t think twice about picking up my dog’s poop, but if another dog’s poop is next to it, I think, 'Ewww, dog poop!' " —Jonah Goldberg

219. "Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to." —Alfred A. Montapert

220. "To me, a cat is an easy pet, they don’t need any spoiling or looking after." —Karl Pilkington

221. "Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more." —Agatha Christie, English Writer

222. "The dog was created specifically for children. He is the god of frolic." —Henry Ward Beecher

223. "Most pets display so many humanlike traits and emotions it’s easy to forget they’re not gifted with the English language and then get snubbed when we talk to them and they don’t say anything back." —Stephenie Geist

224. "Cats will outsmart dogs every time." —John Grogan, American Author

225. "It’s difficult to understand why people don’t realize that pets are gifts to mankind." —Linda Blair

226. "If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all." —Unknown

227. "If you don't believe dogs have souls, you haven't looked into their eyes long enough." —Unknown

228. "Dogs really are perfect soldiers. They are brave and smart; they can smell through walls, see in the dark, and eat Army rations without complaint." —Susan Orlean

229. "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." —Albert Schweitzer

230. "Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period." —Frances Wright

231. "I am among the ranks of millions of people who appreciate the souls of dogs and know they are a gift of pure love and an example of all that is good." —Jennifer Skiff

232. "Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from the grocery store with the most amazing haul—chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!" —Anne Tyler

233. "I really love pets. They’re like children. They know if you really love them or not. You can’t fool them." —Donna Douglas

234. "Parrots make great pets. They have more personality than goldfish." —Chevy Chase, American Comedian

235. "Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God." —Christopher Hitchens

236. "Cats choose us; we don’t own them." —Kristin Cast

237. "The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be." —Konrad Lorenz

238. "Being patted is what it is all about." —Roger Caras, American Activist

239. "My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am." —Unknown

240. "To err is human—to forgive, canine." —Unknown

241. "The kindness one does for one animal may not change the world but it will change the world of that one animal." —Unknown

242. "I love my cats more than I love most people. Probably more than is healthy." —Amy Lee

243. "The road to my heart is paved with paw prints." —Unknown

244. "Be the person your dog thinks you are." —Unknown

245. "Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs so plainly as does a dog when, with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master." —Charles Darwin, English Naturalist

246. "I am thankful for my pets because they complete my family." —Unknown

247. "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." —James Herriot

248. "I used to love dogs until I discovered cats." —Nafisa Joseph

249. "A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones." —Arthur Conan Doyle

250. "No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish—consciously or unconsciously—that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown." —Dean Koontz, American Author

251. "I still love sparkles and grocery shopping and really old cats that are only nice to you half the time." —Taylor Swift, American Songwriter

252. "The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too." —Samuel Butler

253. "Cats rule the world." —Jim Davis

254. "If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail." —Fran Lebowitz

255. "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." —Josh Billings

256. "When I walk my dog, people always ask if we’re twins." —Jarod Kintz

257. "A dog is nothing but a furry person." —Anonymous

258. "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

259. "I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time." —Neil Gaiman, American Author

260. "The phrase ‘domestic cat’ is an oxymoron." —George Will

261. "Life is too short to just have one dog." —Unknown

262. "All you need is love and a cat." —Unknown

263. "The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog." —Carrie Underwood, American Singer

264. "If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." —Woodrow Wilson, American Politician

265. "Every cat is my best friend." —Unknown

266. "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went." —Will Rogers

267. "A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats." —Mason Cooley

268. "Like all pure creatures, cats are practical." —William S. Burroughs

269. "Every dog must have his day." —Jonathan Swift

270. "It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more." —Agnes Repplier

271. "The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it." —Michel Houellebecq

272. "I would recommend to those persons who are inclined to stagnate, whose blood is beginning to thicken sluggishly in their veins, to try keeping four dogs, two of which are puppies." —Elizabeth von Arnim

273. "The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera." —Patrick Demarchelier

274. "One cat just leads to another." —Ernest Hemingway, American Writer

275. "The dog has been esteemed and loved by all the people on earth, and he has deserved this affection for he renders services that have made him man's best friend." —Charles Bukowski, German American Writer

276. "In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag." —W.H. Auden

277. "Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail." —Kinky Friedman

278. "How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven." —Robert A. Heinlein

279. "The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them." —Stanley Coren

280. "People seem able to love their dogs with an unabashed acceptance they rarely demonstrate with family or friends." —Ann Patchett

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Additional reporting by Stephanie Osmanski.

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