This time of year is commonly known as the “dog days of summer,” but August 26th is officially, “National Dog Day.” For an estimated 14,000 years, dogs have been our best friend in good times and bad; and lately we’ve needed them more than ever.
At a time when the world desperately needs more happiness and less sorrow, more joy and less anger, more love and less hate, we’d like to celebrate our canine companions, confidants, and cuddle buddies. They bring all that and more to our lives as you can see in this collection of our some of our favorite dogs, their humans, and waggly words of wisdom.
“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” – Robert Falcon Scott
“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
“Every dog must have his day.” – Johnathan Swift
“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron
“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around—that’s their job.” – George Carlin
“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
“I’ve seen a long in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
“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
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Rodger A. Caras
(First and final photos credit: Travis)