Posted on August 26, 2019 at 2:47 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

For National Dog Day, we hoped to share a few lists of the best dogs in literature.

But our early searching yielded some pretty repetitive results.

No offense to Toto, Old Yeller, Fang, Ghost, Nana, Tock, Lassie, Buck, Winn-Dixie, and Clifford — but we know there are less famous canines who deserve equal credit.

So instead, enjoy these words of wisdom from authors who recognized how great dogs are, and help us build a more comprehensive list of the best dogs in books.

Our early picks: Enzo, Jack, Loth, and Smuckers.

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” — Agnes Sligh

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” — Aldous Huxley

“If I could be half the person my dog is, I'd be twice the human I am.” ― Charles Yu

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” — Christopher Hitchens

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

“You can't have too much dog in a book.” ― Gail Honeyman

“I beg of you, pretend you are a dog like me and LISTEN to other people rather than steal their stories.” ― Garth Stein

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” — Mark Twain

“Every dog must have his day.” — Jonathan Swift

“I never met a man half so true as a dog. Treat a dog right, and he'll treat you right. He'll keep you company, be your friend, and never ask you no questions.” ― Mary Ann Shaffer

“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

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” — Nora Roberts

“There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” — W. Bruce Cameron

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Just for fun, Quotes

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