Five Fabulous Quotations About Dogs
The dog is a human's best friend; philosophers, artists, poets, authors and just everyday folks have recorded this fact over the centuries. In verse, on canvas or in music, it matters not to whom the quote is attributed but that we find a spark of truth where our canines are concerned. Humorists, pundits and politicians have made memorable and quotable remarks about our furry babies that remind us how important our companions are in our everyday lives.
1) Mark Twain
Mr. Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, had a great affection for dogs and he wove them into his most popular books and stories, from Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer to his classic 1903 short story, "A Dog's Tale," a tear-jerker if ever there was one. He even posited that more dogs should go to heaven than humans.
"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."
2) Dave Barry
Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry has been entertaining audiences with his witty writings on everything from the global economy to parenting. He has written more than 30 books and is largely responsible for National Talk Like a Pirate Day. He says that he read a book about the secret life of dogs and decided to experiment with his own mutts. The primary thing he learned is that the dogs like it better indoors
"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"
3) Presidents and Pooches
President George Washington had a quartet of hunting hounds, all named in honor of, well, drinking: Tipsy, Tipler, Drunkard and Taster. We can only assume that George enjoyed the occasional tipple himself. Decades later, the Kennedy clan had four dogs as well: Streaker, Blackie, White Tips and Butterfly.
In fact, most presidential households had at least one dog, but it is this quote from 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower that we most often hear in relation to our four-leggers:
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
4) Founding Fathers and Faithful Fidos
What are the things that really count? Some might think it's money, some might think it's fame. But anyone who has ever owned a dog knows that it's that unconditional love business that really counts. No matter what kind of jerk you turn into, no matter how old you get, no matter how famous you become, your dog will always be here for you. Here's to having a faithful dog and an equally faithful spouse. Oh, and to having enough money to support them both in style.
"There are three faithful friends," said Benjamin Franklin. "An old wife, an old dog and ready money."
5) Doggie Math
Anyone who thinks canines are clueless should think again. Their tummy clocks go off without fail at suppertime and they know just how long to whine to get you out of bed in the morning. They know when it's time to walk and there is absolutely no way to fake your way out of it. Often they can sense you are dating the wrong person long before you figure it out.
"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them." Phil Pastoret
If these famous quotes are any indicator, dogs will always supply us with an unending stream of memorable observations. Perhaps the best way to insert yourself into literary history is to visit your local animal shelter and adopt a canine muse to write about. Who knows? You may end up being quoted yourself.