Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?
Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?
If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
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.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man's.
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.
The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.