Remembering My Furry Friend with 14 Beautiful Quotes about Dogs

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Yesterday, our beautiful angel – Shadow – passed away. No matter how many years a dog has been part of your life nor how long you are prepared for the passing of your beloved pet, it is never the right time. I tried to think of how I could best express my love for Shadow and heartbreak.

My heart has been bubbling over as I go through photos and sadly I do not think that I have the strength to write something true and honest to share right now so I am pulling together 14 of my favorite dog quotes along with some favorite photos and will hopefully share a eulogy for Shadow in the coming days. Enjoy.

#1. Anatole France

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.”

#2. John Galsworthy

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“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.” John Galsworthy

#3. Bob Barker

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“A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” Bob Barker

#4. Erica Jong

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“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. The depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.” Erica Jong

#5. Gene Hill

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“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

#6. Ben Hur Lampman

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“The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.” Ben Hur Lampman

#7. Sir Walter Scott

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“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.” Sir Walter Scott

#8. Dean Koontz

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“Dogs’ lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price.” Dean Koontz

#9. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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“His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

#10. Marjorie Garber

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“If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.” Marjorie Garber

#11. Anonymous

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#12. Rudyard Kipling

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“When the fourteen years that nature permits are closing in … you will find- you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.” Rudyard Kipling

This quote from “The Power of a Dog” is so exact since in August or September would have been Shadow’s 14th birthday. Just shy by 2-3 months.

#13. Isaiah 11:16

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And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

Trivia. There is no actual verse about the lion and the lamb.

#14. Anonymous

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“No matter how or when we lose our furry friends, their love lasts a lifetime.” Anonymous

We miss you, sweet Shadow, and imagine you leaping with joy and good health in Heaven with Sheba, Max, and Thursday and all the other dogs who’ve gone before you.

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23 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a furry family member is always so hard. I have lost many dogs over the years, and these quotes are the kinds of things that helps focus on the good times and not the end.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My parent’s dog of 12 years died last week and it’s hard for them. Dogs really do become part of your family and you cannot imagine life without them. What a great way to remember him with these wonderful quotes.

    • Piper – I am so sorry to hear about your parents’ dog. i hope one of these quotes might comfort them too.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. But you have written such beautiful words here from around the world. I hope that they help to comfort you in this time and that you find another beloved friend to share your world with soon.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Shadow’s passing, my condolences. My favorite quote is the one by Gene Hill, even if you have the toughest days, a dog’s love can always brighten them up.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog! My favorite quote above is ; a person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life. ❣️

  6. I agree with Bob Barker, “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” I miss my old dogs. I hope they are happy.

  7. We humans have a special connection with dogs.They teach us so much about loyalty and unconditional love.

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. We have such a deep connection with our pets, and losing them is just as hard as losing a two-legged member of the family. =(

  9. I’m sorry to hear about your loss, our fur baby has fast become one of the family and I can’t help but agree with Bob Barkers quote about missing out by not having a dog

  10. Sorry to hear that you lost your dog, what a sad occasion. What a great way of remembering your special friend.. by sharing quotes! I really enjoyed reading all these quotes, thank you.

  11. Such impactful quotes and so true. It made me sad and took me back years when I was really a child. And I remembered my sweetheart I had named Jacky. It was so sad that we lost him very early. Yes so true that someone who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life. One can learn what true love is about from them.

  12. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. I can feel the emotions in your quotes. No doubt they are men’s best friends.

  13. I am really sorry about your lost. Losing a part of your family is always really difficult, I wish dogs could live forever, their love is more than what we deserved.

  14. This quote is so powerful. “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.” John Galsworthy. Dogs are indeed our bestfriends!

  15. Aw so sorry for your loss. It is always sad when a pet passes, as they are valued members of our family for sure x

  16. Awww tootz, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine life without the pup! It’s like they’re truly a part of your life. Rest in paradise

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