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Do you ever look at your dog and realize that you love them so much that it’s hard to put it into words? After all, it’s a relationship like no other! 

Your furry best friend is always there for you, happy to listen when you need an ear, ready to explore the world when you want to get away, and always available to snuggle when you’re looking for comfort. 

It’s a bond as old as time, which is why everyone from poets to philosophers have tried to describe the alchemy of our special connection with our dogs. Whether it’s celebrating our dogs’ devotion to us or laughing about their quirks, you’re bound to see your relationship reflected in the following dog best friend quotes. 

So if you can’t quite find the words to express how you feel, don’t worry, because these dog companion quotes have got you covered!

Dog Quotes About Friendship

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There’s no doubt that our dogs do everything they can to keep us smiling, and these dog friendship quotes that focus on the joy they bring us might teach us a thing or two about greeting every day with a wagging tail.

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” – Unknown

“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” – W. H. Auden

“One of the great pleasures of being with dogs is their spontaneous expression of what they are feeling.” – Suzanne Clothier

“Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turns to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” – Douglas Malloch

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Elliot

Dog Quotes About Devotion

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Our dog’s loyalty to us ranks high among the many reasons why we love them, and these best friend dog quotes that celebrate their unconditional love will remind you how lucky we are to have them in our lives.

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton

“A dog has one aim in life… to bestow his heart.” – J. R. Ackerley

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

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” – Robert Wagner

Humorous Dog Best Friend Quotes 

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Admit it: your dog cracks you up all the time! Life with a roomie on four paws is a ton of fun, and the following dog quotes highlight the lighter side of our friendship with dogs.

“A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.” – Ogden Nash

“Every puppy should have a boy.” – Erma Bombeck

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” – Charles M. Schulz

Spiritual Dog Friendship Quotes

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Yes, there’s something mystical about our bond with our dogs, and the following quotes that explore the divine and infinite side of our relationship might bring a tear to your eye.

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” – James Thurber

“Dogs are our bridge – our connection to who we really are, and most tellingly, who we want to be.” – Patricia B. McConnell

“DOG: A kind of additional or subsidiary deity designed to catch the overflow or surplus of the world’s worship.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” – Orhan Pamuk

“A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing.” – Mary Oliver

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

Lessons for Both Ends of the Leash

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Sure, we need to invest time training our pups so that they understand how to navigate our world, but we can learn just as much from them if we take the time to hear what they’re saying.      

“When a dog goes bad, the fault lies with his master.” – George R.R. Martin

“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

If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger Caras

“Training a puppy is like raising a child. Every single interaction is a training opportunity.” – Ian Dunbar

The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren