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Dogs have been standing beside us for as long as human memory can recall. They've hunted with us, protected us, warned us and shared their lives with us. In return, we try to do the same for them. They love us without limit and without restrain. It is that pure devotion that makes them our best friends, and it is that unconditional love that makes us love them in return. Along the ages, much has been said about dogs, and so here are some great quotes about our friends.
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All were wonderful. Thank you.
Cats were once worshipped as Gods and have never forgotten that.
Perhaps that's why I wait on and serve and cuddle my furballs like their slave.
24. Chips, a German Shepherd/Collie mix, was the first dog to be sent overseas in World War II and is the only animal in the history of the U.S. military to win a Purple Heart, the Silver Star and a Destinguished Service Medal. This dog was a true vet.
25. The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. On average they weigh about 4 pounds and are five inches tall. It was first exhibited in the U.S. at the Philadelphia Kennel Club Show in September 1884. Big band leader Xavier Cugat rarely performed without his pet Chihuahua in his pocket.
26. The only Shakespeare play with a dog on stage as one of the players is The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The dog's name is Crab. What? No darn Spot.
27. The Bloodhound, the doggy G-man, is the only animal whose evidence is ruled admissible in an American court of law. Nosey critters aren't they.
28. The Latin motto "beware of the dog" originally referred to the Italian Greyhound, not because it was fierce, but only as a warning to be careful of stepping on these frail pooches.
16. There are more than 400 breeds of dogs. Take you pick of the litter.
17. In 1931, Toby the Poodle was left the largest legacy in American pet history, $75 million, by Miss Ella Wendell of New York. Lucky dog.
18. Only one dog actor played Toto in the The Wizard of Oz. His name was Terry, a Cairn Terrier owned and trained by Carl Spitz. and he earned $125 a week for traveling the Yellow Brick Road, which was more than the Munchkin actors who were paid $50 a week.
19. The United States Postal Service honored pure-bred dogs for the first time when it issued four stamps depicting various breeds on September 17,1984, in commemoration of the A.K.C.
The dogs you got to lick were the Beagle, Boston Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Alaskan Malamute, Collie, Coonhound and Foxhound.
20. The dog posing with the Sailor Boy on Cracker Jack packages is named Bingo. He belonged to the snack's inventor's grandson, who was the model for Jack. Any surprise there?
21. Nipper, the symbol of Victor Talking Machines ("His Master's Voice") and of RCA, goes back to the 1890s when English painter Francis Barraud portrayed his brothers's dog looking at an early phonograph. Now Nipper has a younger pal, Chipper. Both are Jack Russel Terriers, a breed growing even more popular today.
22. "A dog can't get struck by lightning. You know why? 'Cause he's too close to the ground. See, lightning strikes tall things. Now if they were giraffes out there in that field, now then we'd be in trouble. But you sure don't have to worry about dogs." --- Barney Fife, 1963.
23. The Peruvian Inca Orchid, also called the Moonflower Dog, resembles a baby deer and is a nocturnal creature which doesn't care for the light of day or the hot rays of the sun.
11. The Basenji is the only dog that cannot bark; it makes a high-pitched sound like a yodel. It is an African breed dating back to 4,000 B.C., and is used for hunting reed rats. The dog trots like a horse and clean itself with it tongue. A Basinji was featured in the 1956 Walter Brennan - Brandon de Wilde film, Goodbye My Lady.
12. Dogs are mentioned in the Bible forty-four times; thirty-five times in the Old Testament and nine times in the New Testament. Cats are never mentioned. "A living dog is better than a dead lion." --- Solomon in Ecclesiastes.
13. British artist Sir Edwin Henry Landseer's protrait of a Newfoundland hound named Neptune fetched a pretty penny, $577.500, a world record price for a dog painting, at a 1989 Sotheby's auction.
14. In 1990, Bill Irwin and his German Shepherd Orient began a hike of 2,144 miles, from one end of the Appalachian Trail to the other. Eight months later they completed their little journey, Bill Irwin is blind.
15. The American Kennel Club, the chief organization of dog breeders in the United States. registers 137 breeds in seven group: working dogs, herding dogs, hounds, sporting dogs, toy dogs, terriers and non-sporting dogs. The A.K. C. was established Sept. 17, 1884.
6. Dogs are descended from a wolf-like critter, the Tomarctus, which roamed the planet 15 million years ago.
7. The first dogs trained to guide blind people were schooled by the Seeing Eye organization in Nashville, TN. in 1929. Morris Frank and his German Shepherd Buddy were the first team in America to break the barrier. The U.S. Postal Service honored Seeing Eye with a commemorative stamp, issued on June 13, 1979.
8. The Top 10 most popular dogs in the American Kennel Club's 1994 registrations are, in order of popularity, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Poodle, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Dachshund, Dalmatian and Pomeranian.
The majority of these dogs are considered aggressive according to the list of BSL.9. The Peter Chapin Collection of books on dogs is a memorial library to Peter, a black Cocker Spaniel. It was begun by his Rhode Island owners and now contains more than 3,000 books. The library is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and every book has a bookplate with Peter's mug.
1. "Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."-- Mark Twain.
2. " The phrase "man's best friend" comes from an 1870 speech by country lawyer George Vest, representing Charles Burden's dog, Old Drum, who had been shot to death. In one of the most elegant speeches ever given, the accused was found guilty by a teary-eyed jury which returned a judgement of $550 in damages instead of the $150 asked for.
3. The hot dog got its name one day at New York's Polo Grounds when a New York sports cartoonist overheard a vendor yelling "Get your red hot dachshund dog" (referring to the shape of the sauage). After drawing his cartoon, he realized he couldn't spell the word dachshund, thus he just left the word out of the caption. Voila, hot dogs were invented.
4. A puppy is a dog less than a year old.
5. During World War I so many French golf caddies were away in battle that dogs were used to haul golf bags around the course. The canine caddies' favorite holes? Why doglegs, of course.
You are welcome at my water bowl anytime !!
Soooo. Now you see. Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding stuff to us
Maybe this will explain it:
When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch,
guess what you do? You forward mails.
When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes.
When you have something to say, but don't know what,
and don't know how.... you forward stuff.
A 'forward' lets you know that you are still remembered,
you are still important, you are still loved and you are still cared for.
So, next time if you get a 'forward', don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.
The man was enjoying the scenery,
when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.
He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him
had been dead for years.
He wondered where the road was leading them.
When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'
'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.
'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.
'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice
water brought right up.'
The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog,
'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'
The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill,
he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate
that looked as if it had never been closed.
There was no fence.
As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book....
'Excuse me!' he called to the man.'Do you have any water?'
'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.'
'How about my friend here?' the traveller gestured to the dog.
'There should be a bowl by the pump,' said the man.
They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
The traveller filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.
When they were full, he and the dog walked back
toward the man who was standing by the tree.
'What do you call this place?' the traveller asked.
'This is Heaven,' he answered.
'Well, that's confusing,' the traveller said.'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'
'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.'
'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'
'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time,
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.
He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life --
So live like a dog:
I am your dog and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often not noticing the truly grand things in life. Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.
You smile at me and I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a moment of your time? That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes, to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly. Sometimes we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at your with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep to run free in a distant land.
I may not be here tomorrow. I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just one more day with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have now together. So come sit down next to me here on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as an alpha, or as a trainer, or even as mom and dad. Come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look into one another's eyes and talk. I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even about life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you; and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a dog on two feet; I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes and whisper into my ears. Speak with your heart and with your joy, and I will know your true self. We may not have tomorrow, and life is so very short.