It's All About Love
The love affair humans have with dogs is among the oldest of stories. It dates back some 15,000 years ago when our ancestral cavemen recognized the special relationship they had with gray wolves and chose to domesticate them.
And now through genetics research, we know that the friendship is more than skin deep. Studies of the DNA sequence aimed at determining what makes a dog a dog have shown that it is amazingly close to what makes a person a person. So itâ€™s not surprising that dogs share many of the same gene-related health conditions as humans, including cancer and obesity.
But for dog owners, that is hardly the issue. For them, it's all about love. And like all lovers, they are keen to share their feelings. That's why dog-lovers have been writing about their relationships for years--and in the process, giving us some interesting insights into the human condition. Here are some you might enjoy:
Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones
Man is a dog's idea of what God should be. ~Holbrook Jackson
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.~George Eliot
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. ~Max Eastman
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown
I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. ~Will Rogers
Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window. ~Steve Bluestone
They 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
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's. ~Mark Twain
if dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people. ~Karel ÄŒapek
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
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. ~Aldous Huxley
From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog. ~Mabel Louise Robinson
Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat. ~Oxford Union Society, London, Rule 46
No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. ~Christopher Morley
One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue. ~Author Unknown
Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies. ~Gene Hill
I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward. ~G.K.Chesterton
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
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
I named my dog Stay so I can say, "Come here, Stay. Come here, Stay." ~Steven Wright
When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog along to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten. ~Robert M.
When a dog wants to hang out the "Do Not Disturb" sign, as all of us do now and then, he is regarded as a traitor to his species. ~Ramona C. Albert
Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other. ~Robert Benchley
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. ~Rita Rudner
And as always, love pays off. It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.