Along with the joy that dogs bring to our lives comes the realization that our companions have a tragically short lifespan. This collection of sad dog quotes offers perspectives on the bittersweet side of the relationship.
Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions. ~ Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year
I once heard a woman who had lost her dog say that she felt as though a color were suddenly missing from her world: the dog had introduced to her field of vision some previously unavailable hue and without a dog, that color was gone. That seemed to capture the experience of loving a dog with eminent simplicity. I’d amend it only slightly and say that if we are open to what they have to give, dogs can introduce us to several colors with names like wildness, nurturance, trust and joy. ~ Carolyn Knapp
When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster. ~ Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
The dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down. ~ Gordon Korman, No More Dead Dogs
Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull
. . . owning a dog always ended with this sadness because dogs just don’t live as long as people do. ~ John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog