Famous pet owners express love for dogs, cats
By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society
We all like to hear quotes that inspire us, make us feel good, bring a smile, or make us laugh. There are hundreds of popular quotes about pets, made by famous people that have been passed along.
Two very popular quotes that we hear, are, Jonathan Swift’s, “Every dog must have his day,” and, “Happiness is a warm puppy,” credited to Charles Schultz. Another writer, who obviously traveled a lot, once said, “Such short lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home.”
Former Presidents and world leaders have uttered their share of pet quotes. Woodrow Wilson once said, “If your dog will not come to you after looking you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” Harry Truman quipped, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” More recently Barack Obama said, “Many shelter dogs are really mutts like me.” Charles De Gaulle made his point with, “The better I get to know man, the more I find myself loving dogs.” I am not sure who Winston Churchill, was talking with or about, when he stated, “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us, cats look down to us, but pigs treat us as equal.”
Entertainers have chimed in with odd pet quotes. Marilyn Monroe said, “Dogs never bite me, just humans.” Elizabeth Taylor let it be known that, “Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” I am not sure if Richard Burton heard that or not. Ann Landers may have hit the nail on the head with “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration for you as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” A great quote from Rodney Dangerfield was, “I looked up my family tree and found 3 dogs using it.”
Cats have not been left out when it comes to popular quotes. Sigmund Freud is credited with, “Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” James Harriott felt that, “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” And, Albert Schweitzer thought, “There are two means of refuge, music and cats.”
Rod McKuen shared, “Cats have it all, admiration, endless sleep, and being company only when they want to.” Robert Heinlein went out on a limb with, “Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Sad but true is Bruce Cameron’s sentiment, “When we adopt a pet we know it will end with us having to say goodbye, someday. We do it anyway because they bring us so much joy, optimism and happiness. Their love affects us every moment of the day.”
In 1885, the speech “Tribute to a Dog,” was presented as testimony by US Senator George West, then a young attorney in Missouri, representing a man who was suing another man for killing his dog. In part the quote goes, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.”
My all-time favorite was part of an epitaph on a tombstone. It reads, “Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity and all the virtues of man without his vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the memory of Boatswain, a Newfoundland dog.” Dated 1808.