– Sara Paretsky, author
– Sara Paretsky, author
“The charming relations I have had with a long succession of dogs results from their happy spontaneity. Usually they are quick to discover that I can not see or hear. Considerately they rise as I come near, so that I may not stumble. It is not training but love which impels them to break the silence about me with the thud of a tail rippling against my chair, or gambols round the study, or news conveyed by expressive ear, nose, and paw. Often I yearn to give them speech, their motions are so eloquent with things they can not say. Truly, as companions, friends, equals in opportunities of self-expression, they unfold to me the dignity of creation, and in their joy smiles the blessing of St. Francis.”
– Helen Keller in A Tribute to a Dog
“Acquiring a dog may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative.”
– Mordecai Siegal, author
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”
– John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
“One of the most enduring friendships in history – dogs and their people, people and their dogs.”
– Terry Kay, author
“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala.
Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them.
You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since.
I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President
Background: During the 1944 presidential campaign, Republicans alleged that Mr Roosevelt had left his Scottie dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands and sent a U.S. destroyer to collect him (at taxpayers’ cost). President Roosevelt chose to respond during a speech to the International Teamsters Union.
“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.”
– Rudyard Kipling, in the The Cat That Walked By Himself