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The dog is a mammal in the order Carnivora. Dogs were first domesticated from wolves at least 17,000 years ago, but perhaps as early as 150,000 years ago based upon recent genetic fossil and DNA evidence. In this time, the dog has developed into hundreds of breeds with a great degree of variation.


  • Yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
  • A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog’s eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, “What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do anything for you.” Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don’t have sheep (I never have) is another matter. The dog is willing.
    • Roy Blount, Jr., "Dogs Vis-A-Vis Cats,” Now Where Were We?, Random House (1989)
  • It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?
  • On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.
  • I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
  • You are a mystery in an enigma in a big ball of fur,
    An irresistible magnet to every child and flea and burr.
    Your nose is high-resolution while I live in a near-scentless fog
    You run at high speed, while I just have to slog (but it's a good ol' slog)
    So I just want to thank you for being my dog....
    • Richard Summerbell, (Thank You For Being) My Dog, 2004


  • A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
  • A dog's best friend is his illiteracy.
  • A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.
    • Irish Proverb
  • A door is that which a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
  • A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, and minus common sense.
  • Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
  • Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when you're coming home his face might burn up.
  • Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.
  • Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
  • Dogs have more love than integrity. They've been true to us, yes, but they haven't been true to themselves.
  • Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
  • Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building.
  • Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
  • I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas.
  • I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
  • I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
  • If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
  • If dogs could talk, perhaps we'd find it just as hard to get along with them as we do people.
  • If it be the chief point of friendship to comply with a friend's motions and inclinations, he possesses this in an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit, and walks when I walk, which is more than many good friends can pretend to do.
  • If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
  • If you live among dogs, keep a stick. After all, this is what a hound has teeth for — to bite when he feels like it!
  • If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
  • In the future, airplanes will be flown by a dog and a pilot. And the dog's job will be to make sure that if the pilot tries to touch any of the buttons, the dog bites him.
    • Scott Adams (of Dilbert, not Adventure International)
  • Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
  • My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
  • Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.
  • Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
  • The greatest 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.
  • The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails instead of their tongues.
    • Unknown
  • We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.
  • What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog.
  • When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.
  • Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.
  • I created dog, to mend the error I made in creating man.
  • When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?" -
  • I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.
  • "If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket then giving Fido only two of them."
  • I poured spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.


  • (only sayings) Ruff!
  • Grrrrrr.
  • Arf arf aroooooooo!
  • Mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmmmmm. (whining sounds)

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