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The great 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, Notebooks, 1912

Dogs are miracles with paws.  ~Attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.  Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.  ~George Eliot

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.  ~Gilda Radner

A dog is not “almost human” and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.  ~John Holmes

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.  ~Author Unknown

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  ~Roger Caras

The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.  ~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 2 April 1899

The greatest love is a mother’s, then a dog’s, then a sweetheart’s.  ~Polish Proverb

I guess some people are born dog lovers.  I have loved dogs since I could remember.  As a child in Iran, I used to play with the stray dogs in our neighborhood and would have all sorts of childish fantasies involving dogs.  From early on I knew that these creatures are completely loving and completely pure.  If only ALL humans could learn from these magnificent animals, then the world would be a much better place indeed.  Anyhow, here’s a list that was forwarded to me.  These are the things that we humans can learn from dogs:

1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
4. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
6. Take naps and stretch before rising.
7. Run, romp, and play daily.
8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
9. Be loyal.
10. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
11. When someone is having a bad day, be silent. Sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
12. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
13. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
14. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
15. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout…. run right back and make friends
16. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
17. Never pretend to be something you’re not.

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To finish off, here are a few more quotes that I found interesting:

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  ~Author Unknown

You think dogs will not be in heaven?  I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.  ~Josh Billings

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