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Dogs are a lot like fine wine—they get better with age. Anyone who has earned the love of a senior dog knows the great joy they bring. Their muzzles may be a bit whiter, but their hearts are full of love. So it’s time to celebrate them—with heartfelt old dog quotes, of course.

Despite the popular myth that you “can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” senior dogs are very capable and eager to learn new things. Even cooler is that older dogs tend to bond quicker because they know how to get along with others.

Maybe your dog is a Great Dane, and he’s considered a senior at 4 or 5. Perhaps you have a mixed breed, and he’s going strong at 13. Age is irrelevant to dogs as they live each day as a celebration. We invite you to join in the canine party with us.

We’ve collected 50 of the best old dog quotes to honor gray muzzles. Use these on social media, in greeting cards, and share with dog lovers in your circle of family and friends.

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Best Old Dog Quotes

“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog”. – Sidney Jeanne Seward

“Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.” – Bennie Wilcox

“Regardless of the age of a dog, they remain our babies to the end of time.” – Anonymous

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.” – Anonymous

“I love puppies, but there’s nothing like the sweet soul of an old dog.” – Anonymous

“Every white hair is one day of experience in being the very best friend you’ve ever had.” – Jaymi Heimbuch

“If only they could live as long as we, and not a moment longer.” – Kate McGahan

“People are born so they can learn to live a good life. Dogs already know how to do that; that’s why they don’t have to stay as long.” – W. Bruce Cameron

“At 4 months, you were cute. At 6 months, you ate most of my shoes. At 1 year, you were getting big. At 2 years, you were hyper. At 4 years, we were best friends. At 9 years, we were inseparable. At 14 years, I wish I could do it all over again.” – Anonymous

beautiful older dog

“Raising a dog is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other.” – Anonymous

“He had not realized how much he needed this sweet, friendly sound. How much he needed someone to settle in next to him. He didn’t know that he needed to not be so solitary until at last he wasn’t. So many needs in one old dog.” – Kathi Appelt

“My face may be white, but my heart is pure gold. There is no shame in growing old.” – Anonymous

“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.” – Robert McCammon

“We’re never too old to love and be loved. Cherish your senior companion.” – Anonymous

“I’m in a really good place right now. Not emotionally or spiritually. Just on the couch with my older dog.” – Anonymous

“Everybody loves puppies. Older dogs love everybody.” – Anonymous

“Who’s this – alone with stone and sky? It’s only my old dog and I – it’s only him, it’s only me. Alone with stone and grass and tree. What share we most – we two together? Smells and awareness of the weather. What is it makes us more than dust? My trust in him, in me his trust. – Siegfried Sassoon

“My dear old dog, most constant of all friends.” – Anonymous

“Some call me a senior dog. That just means I have years of experience in the fine art of friendship.” – Anonymous

sweet elderly spaniel

“Better to have loved and lost a senior dog than to let one die alone in a shelter.” – William Croswell Doane

“A puppy plays with every pup he meets, but an old dog has few associates.” – Josh Billings

“We’re never too old to love and be loved.” – Anonymous

“You can teach an old dog new tricks, and this old dog wants to learn.” – Thomas P. O’Neill

“Love never grows old. Adopt a senior dog.” – Anonymous

“You’ll never walk alone because I’ll always be with you. Love, Your Old Dog.” – Anonymous

“A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart.” – Erica Jong

“Who says your soulmate has to have two legs?” – Anonymous

“Old dogs care about you, even when you make mistakes.” – Tom T. Hall


“Old road, old dogs, old folks, and old ways still have a lot to offer in this sped-up world we live in.” – Anonymous

“The old dog barks backward without getting up. I can remember when he was a pup.” – Robert Frost

“I may not always hear when you call my name, and sometimes I miss the ball on an easy toss. But the love for you that shines in my eyes will never, ever grow old.” – Anonymous

“My dear old dog, most constant of all friends.” – Anonymous

“Senior dogs: Their devotion is timeless, their devotion is ageless, their love is forever.” – Pet Connect Rescue

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne

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“Senior dogs are made for snuggling.” – Anonymous

“Old dogs can be a regal sight. Their exuberance settles over the years into a seasoned nobility, their routines become as locked into yours as the quietest and kindest of marriages.” – Gail Caldwell

“Old dogs are the wise ones. There’s a depth, a feeling, like aged wine. You don’t get the same depth and experience with younger dogs. It might take a couple of weeks before they get used to the house, but you can see when they realize they are home – the tension melts away.” – Anne Solli

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” – Alexander Pope

“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a pet’s life the best that they can be.” – Anonymous

“Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” – Joe Gores

“A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but when old and past service.” – Plutarch

“Older dogs look for quality over quantity when it comes to companionship.” – Anonymous

“The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, love, and death. Old Skip was my brother. They had buried him under our elm tree. They said this, yet it wasn’t totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.” – Willie Morris

“An old dog barks not in vain.” – George Herbert

“A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.” – Mary Carolyn Davies

“Grow old with me, the best is yet to be!” – Robert Browning

“No heart loves like that of a faithful old friend.” – Anonymous

“Sorry, I can’t. I have plans with my senior dog.” – Anonymous

“If when you look at me, you only see a white face and cloudy eyes, a burden or a hassle…you’ve missed out on the best part of me…Love me until the very end, for I am a gift. With each wag of my tail, I say thank you.”– Bacardi Reynolds

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