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“Animals are such agreeable friends–they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Eliot
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” ~ Martin Buber
“A house is not a home without a pet.” ~ Unknown
“It’s funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it?” ~ Eleanor H. Porter
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France
“The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.” ~ Robert Brault
“The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much.” ~ Thornton Wilder
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanuel Kant
What is it that so many people find enchanting in animals? Their essence — their Being — is not covered up by the mind, as it is in most humans. “And whenever you feel that essence in another, you also feel it in yourself.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
“Because dogs and cats still live in the original state of connectedness with Being, they can help us regain it. When we do so, however, that original state deepens and turns into awareness.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
“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 will love you more than you love yourself.” ~ Josh Billings
“Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” ~ Joe Gores
“Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” ~ Anonymous
“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” ~ Ann Landers
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~ Ben Williams
“To err is human, to forgive, canine” ~ Anonymous
“To err is human, to purr, feline” ~ Robert Byrne
“A Horse! A Horse! my kingdom for a horse!” ~ Shakespeare
“All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.” ~ Samuel Butler
“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'” ~ Dave Barry
“Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one” ~ Anonymous
“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ~ Andrew A. Rooney
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” ~ Chinese Proverb
“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” ~ Mary Bly
“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Elliot
“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.” ~ Samuel Butler
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“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 you lap is warmer.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.
Author ~ unknown
“Dogs are God’s way of apologizing for your relatives.”
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand;
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years –
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come, so let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend
And please stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve – it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years –
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.
Poem is by an unknown author