Pet Loss - Pet Quotes

Here are some more of my favourite pet quotes covering the subject of pet loss and pet grief. Many relate to human loss but are still just as meaningful to all of us who love our pets with equal measure to our love of our human loved ones.

Pet quotes can be a great help as they help to take our mind away from out pain and help us to understand that others feel just as we do, and have uttered these quotes throughout history, showing us that the love of the animals in our lives is nothing new.



“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”

(Aeschylus)


"Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them."

(Tolstoy)


"Somewhere, somewhere in time's own space

There must be some sweet pastured place

Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow

Some Paradise where horses go

For by the love that guides my pen

I know great horses live again."

(Stanley Harrison)


“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

(Carl Jung)


"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!"

(Theophile Gautier)


“Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating.”

(Rev. Joel L. Morgan)


"I will always remember the tabby who taught me that not all relationships are meant to last forever. Sometimes, just an hour is enough to touch your heart.”

(Barbara L. Diamond)


“There is no path so dark, nor road so steep, nor hill so slippery that other people have not been there before me and survived. May my dark times teach me to help the people I love on similar journeys.”

(Maggie Bedrosian)


"No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has."

(Will Rogers)


“Dogs are miracles with paws.”

(Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy)


“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

(O Henry)


“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in the full.”

(Marcel Proust)





"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

(Roger Caras)


“For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.”

(Roger Caras, President Emeritus, ASPCA)


“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

(Doris Day)


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

(Ambrose Redmoon)


“To suppress the grief, the pain, is to condemn oneself to a living death. Living fully means feeling fully; it means being completely one with what you are experiencing and not holding it at arm’s length.”

(Philip Kapleau)


”Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

(Agnes Sligh Turnbull)


“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”

(Confucious)


“We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.”

(George Eliot)


“Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.”

(Max Eastman)


“Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.”

(Napoleon Bonaparte, after being saved by a Newfoundland after slipping on his ship and falling overboard. He did not know how to swim, and was kept above water by the dog until he could be rescued.)


“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

(William James)


“In every heart there is an inner room, where we can hold our greatest treasures and our deepest pain.”

(Marianne Williamson)



“Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs, so plainly as does a dog, when with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master.”

(Charles Darwin)


“The dogs in our lives, the dogs we come to love and who (we fervently believe) love us in return, offer more than fidelity, consolation, and companionship. They offer comedy, irony, wit, and a wealth of anecdotes, the "shaggy dog stories" and "stupid pet tricks" that are commonplace pleasures of life. They offer, if we are wise enough or simple enough to take it, a model for what it means to give your heart with little thought of return. Both powerfully imaginary and comfortingly real, dogs act as mirrors for our own beliefs about what would constitute a truly humane society. Perhaps it is not too late for them to teach us some new tricks.”

(Marjorie Garber)


“At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says.”

(C S Lewis)


“Whole years of joy glide unperceived away, while sorrow counts the minutes as they pass.”

(William Havard)

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