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
Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when the veteran has a dog, the same people will come up and say, ‘Hi’ to pet the dog and then strike up a conversation.
~ Al Franken
The kinds of roles dogs fill can be hard to come by in human relationships. We touch the dog or the pet at whim. There is a lack of self-consciousness and a fluidity to it that is absent from most human relationships. If someone acted that way to you, you’d feel claustrophobic pretty quickly. It’s a boundary violation.
~ Caroline Knapp
Happiness is a warm puppy.
~ Charles M. Schulz
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, False Memory