Best Quotes About the Loss of a Pet Dog

atkins bookshelf quotationsAnyone who has lost a dog, especially a companion of a decade or more, understands the breadth and depth of heartache that such a tragic event elicits. You feel your heart explode, like a vase that falls to the floor, exploding upon impact, scattering slender fragments through the air. In such dark moments, we turn to and find some level of solace in the comforting words of others, who have felt what we are feeling, and have expressed it with brevity, eloquence, but above all — with profound compassion.

This post is dedicated to our beloved family dog, Cody, who in his thirteen years, taught us about unconditional love, living in the present, and unwavering loyalty. We are humbled that our love for him could never surpass his unbounded love for each of us. Our many memories of his precious life sustain us through an extended bereavement — a testament to the richness he brought to our lives.

Below are some of the most eloquent quotes about losing a pet dog.

“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they 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)

“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.” (John Hobhouse, often mistakenly attributed to Lord Byron)

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

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

The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. (George Vest)

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

“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?” (Sir Walter Scott)

“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)

“He took my heart and ran with it, and he’s running still, fast and strong, a piece of my heart bound up with his forever.” (Patricia McConnell)

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” (Dean Koontz)

“When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life’s road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us.” (Unknown author)

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” ( Milan Kundera)

“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)

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

“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)

“My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies, it comes from the love in my dog’s eyes.” (Unknown author)




Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet

The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups

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A Moving Tribute to a Dog

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