Just In Time For National Pet Day: My Favorite Quotations About Animals

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In my line of work, it seems like I’m always scrambling to meet one deadline or another. And lately I’ve been so busy writing for everyone else that I’ve barely had time to write my own blog.  In fact, that’s why I’m not posting this article until now.

But as the saying goes — better late than never. Or… putting a positive spin on it, maybe I should say, the early bird gets the worm. After all, National Pet Day isn’t until Thursday (April 11). And in honor of that occasion, I’ve decided to follow PARADE magazine’s lead and share some of my favorite quotations about pets.

My top 10 favorite quotations about cats

  1. “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” — Sigmund Freud, Austrian Psychoanalyst
  2. “You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.” — Jane Pauley, American Journalist
  3. “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” — Jean Cocteau, French Director

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    Truth. As seen at the cat adoption tent. Puttin’ on the Dog festival, 2017. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic
  4. “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” — Jules Verne, French Author
  5. “Indeed, there is nothing on this earth more peaceful than a sleeping, purring cat.” Jonathon Scott Payne, American Author
  6. “Recruit your pet as a study partner. Cats are usually more than happy to do this—in fact, you may have trouble keeping them off keyboards and books—and dogs will often serve as well. Few things are more relaxing than having a warm, furry creature next to you as you study.” — Stefanie Weisman, American Academic Expert and Author
  7. Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” —Professor Mary Bly
  8. “Books. Cats. Life is Good.” — Writer and artist Edward Gorey
  9. A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” — Writer Ernest Hemingway
  10. “Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” — Author Robertson Davies

My top 10 favorite quotations about dogs

  1. “There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” — Dick Dale, American Musician
  2. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” — Josh Billings, American Comedian
  3. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.” — Milan Kundera, Czech Writer
  4. “Dogs don’t make judgments about physical appearance or abilities, and they don’t care how big your house is or what you do for a living. They care about the quality of your character and your capacity to love.” — Elizabeth Eiler, Reiki Master and Author
  5. “Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.” — Gilda Radner, American Actor/Comedian
  6. “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” — Andy Rooney, American Journalist
  7. “Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” — Max Eastman, American Author
  8. “You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” Jill Abramson, American Newspaper Editor
  9. “If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.” — Charles Yu, Taiwanese-American Author
  10. “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” — Ben Williams, American Jazz Musician

My top 10 favorite quotations about pets

  1. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” — Amy Sedaris, American Author
  2. “Pets reflect you like mirrors. When you are happy, you can see your dog smiling and when you are sad, your cat cries.” — Munia Khan, Bangladeshi Poet
  3. “Sometimes, your pet picks you.” — Julie Wenzel, American Author
  4. “Pets understand humans better than humans do.” Ruchi Prabhu, Indian Author
  5. “Over the years I’ve come to appreciate how animals enter our lives prepared to teach and far from being burdened by an inability to speak they have many different ways to communicate. It is up to us to listen more than hear, to look into more than past.” — Nick Trout, British-Born Veterinarian and Author

    A dog available for adoption at Adopt-a-Dog. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic
  6. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Social Activist
  7. “Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” — Robert Wagner, American Actor
  8. “You cannot share your life with a dog…or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.” — Jane Goodall, British Anthropologist
  9. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France, French Poet
  10. “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”  — James Herriot, British Writer

What about you? Are there any quotations about dogs, cats, or any pets that you like? If so, feel free to share them in the comments below.

In honor of National Pet Day…

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Happy National Pet Day, everybody! I hope you and your dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, exotic fish, birds, pot-bellied pigs, bunnies, snakes, lizards and geckos are having a blast.

My apologies to anyone I omitted. It was an honest mistake. In the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t even know today is National Pet Day until I saw the topic trending on Twitter.

And as for Eli… Well, let’s just say he’s completely oblivious. And that’s probably a good thing. He’s demanding enough as it is.

The Significance of National Pet Day

From what I gather, this is a relatively new holiday… or more accurately, a new pseudo-holiday. You can read more about it here.

The website also features a message from the founder. And if you’re in need of last-minute ideas, there’s a whole list of different ways you can celebrate. They’re all great suggestions, and the best part is, a lot of the ideas are things you can — and in my humble opinion, should — do throughout the year.

Personally, I make it a point to volunteer at a local animal shelter once a week — and more often than that when I can. Even though I volunteer in an administrative capacity and don’t have much direct contact with the dogs there, it’s something I enjoy. It feels good to know I’m contributing — even in a small way — to an organization committed to finding great homes for unwanted dogs and cats.

The Best Cats In The Known Universe

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In Brief Legal Writing Services mascot Eli catching up on the latest news. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

One thing I’ve never done is gotten a cat from a pet store or breeder. And I never will. There are too many cats and kittens in shelters that need a good home. There are so many that one person can’t possibly save them all, but together we can make a difference.

The way I see it, I’ve already saved three.

First there was Tiger. She was the cat that my mom agreed to take when some family friends moved to Saudi Arabia. She was supposed to stay with just us long enough to eradicate the mice in our house and then she was going to the pound. That’s what Mom said. But I’m an only child and I was 10 when we got the little Siamese-American Domestic Short Hair cross. Once I fell in love with her, there was no turning back. Tiger became the family peacemaker, my best friend and constant companion for 17 years. She purred, kneaded my legs and died peacefully in my lap at age 20.

Then there was Heals. Named after New York Islanders, Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Glenn Healy, she was a big orange and white tabby with a cheerful disposition and indomitable spirit. Some friends found her wandering around their neighborhood, but no one claimed her and they couldn’t keep her. So I took her. And like Tiger before her, Heals quickly became my best friend. In 11 years together, we got through my father’s death, my divorce, and relocation to Virginia. She died of cancer in September, 2007.

And now I’ve got Eli. My sweet baby boy. My “pit bull in a cat costume.” I fell in love with him when I saw his picture on a Fauquier SPCA poster a couple of weeks after I came home from Australia in February 2008. Being a big New York Giants fan, I knew I had to have a cat named Eli. When the sun came out on the day I decided to adopt him, and it came out again on the day I brought him home, I knew I made the right decision. The buff and white short hair-mix is by far the smartest of the three — and by far the most sensitive. I love him more than life and I hope we’re together for a long time.

Then again, I know nothing lasts forever. I know when Eli’s time comes — whenever that may be — it will be hard to say good-bye. I’ll need time to grieve, and time to heal. And then, when the time is right, a new cat will come into my life. There’s no doubt I’ll love him — or her. And there’s no doubt I’ll get unconditional love in return.

And that makes it all worthwhile.