They are more than just pets.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened"
- Anatole France
"Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes"
- Gene Hill
They are loyal, loving and fun companions.
"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love unconditionally as a dog"
- M.K. Clinton
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole"
- Rodger A. Caras
They understand your emotions.
"The dog was the first animal domesticated by Homo sapiens, and this occurred before the Agricultural Revolution..With the passing of generations the two species [us and the dog] co-evolved to communicate well with each other. Dogs that were most attentive to the needs and feelings of their human companions got extra care and food, and were more likely to survive. Simultaneously, dogs learned to manipulate people for their own needs. A 15,000-year bond has yielded a much deeper understanding and affection between humans and dogs than between humans and any other animal"
- Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
"The Best Therapist Has Fur And Four Legs"
They make us happier.
"The greatest 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
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. 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
They are amazing just the way they are.
"Dogs are my favorite role models. I want to work like a dog, doing what I was born to do with joy and purpose. I want to play like a dog, with total, jolly abandon. I want to love like a dog, with unabashed devotion and complete lack of concern about what people do for a living, how much money they have, or how much they weigh. The fact that we still live with dogs, even when we don't have to herd or hunt our dinner, gives me hope for humans and canines alike"
- Oprah Winfrey
"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty"
- John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog