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"It occurs to me that every time I lose a dog, he takes a piece of my heart with him. Then every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of his heart. Therefore, if I should live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will then become as generous and loving as dogs are!" - author unknown

"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

"[A dog is] the joy, the solace, and the aid of man..." - George Crabbe

“[Dogs] are nature’s remedy for feeling unloved.” - Richard Allan Palm

"[Dogs] listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation." - Jerome K. Jerome

“[Dogs] inspire us to cultivate our childlike qualities and to realise we never have to outgrow the wonder of life.” - Mari Gayatri Stein

“A dog wakens your heart to joy and companionship.” - Pam Brown

“A dog believes you are what you think you are.” - Jane Swan

"A dog can express more with his eyes in minutes than his [person] can express with his tongue in hours." - author unknown

“A dog has but one aim in life. To bestow his heart.” - J.R. Ackerley

"A dog has the soul of a philosopher." - Plato

“A dog is a smile and a wagging tail. What is in between doesn’t matter much.” - Clara Ortega

"A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge." - Saint Xanthias

"A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself." - Josh Billings

"A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied." - Irish proverb

"A dog teaches us a lesson in humanity." - Napoleon Bonaparte

“A dog trusts deeply and so is easily betrayed.” - Charlotte Gray

“A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.” - Ogden Nash

"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog." - Franz Kafka

"Buy a dog and your money will buy love unflinching that cannot lie." - Rudyard Kipling

“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.” - Roger Caras

“Dogs maxim on relaxation: ‘The secret to being completely relaxed is to have a human to do all the worrying for you.’” - Stuart and Linda MacFarlane

“Every dog is a lion at home.” - H.G. Bohn

“From the dog’s point of view people are elongated and abnormally cunning dogs.” - Mabel Lousie Robinson

“Give a pup a home and a little love and he will give you his heart forever.” - Pam Brown

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” - Charles Schultz

“He cannot be a gentleman which loveth not a dog.” - John Northbrooke

“He does not say ‘Do’ like my mother, or ‘Don’t’ like my father, or ‘Stop’ like my big brother. My dog Spot and I sit together quietly and I like him and he likes me.” - John Morrison

“He is very imprudent, a dog is. He never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or wrong, never bothers as to whether you are going up or down upon life’s ladder, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his pal. That is enough for him.” - Jerome K. Jerome

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - author unknown

"His name is not wild dog anymore, but the first friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always." - Rudyard Kipling

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” - Alexander Pope

“I am unable to imagine how anybody who lives with an intelligent and devoted dog can ever be lonely.” - Elizabeth Von Arnim

“I felt a silent current of love from him - strong, steady and deep - unceasingly flowing to me…For someone who has never had this kind of experience with [a dog], there are no words to adequately explain it.” - Susan Race

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” - Gilda Radner

"If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to go home and examine your conscience." - Woodrow Wilson

“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

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." - Mark Twain

"Love me, love my dog." - attributed to George Chapman and also Bernard of Clairvaux

"My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am." - author unknown

“My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.” - Edith Wharton

"Never judge a dog's pedigree by the kind of books he does not chew." - author unknown

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does.” - Christopher Morley

“Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Astor together could have raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog.” - Ernest Thompson Seton

“Old age means realising you will never know all the dogs you wanted to.” - Joe Gores

“One of the most popular is undoubtedly the terrier. This is assuredly the doggiest dog...” - W. H. Hudson

"One reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue." - author unknown

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” - Franklin P. Jones

“Terriers are quite convinced that all terriers are not only beautiful but are the most expert of all, because they know that to get the best out of humans they must not only be kind but also be firm, and therefore handle the person with a very firm paw indeed - the little steel paw in the velvet glove - and sometimes with the help of the little steel teeth as well.” - John Tickner

“The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me.” - Helen Exley

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” - Andy Rooney

"The best part of about having a dog is the way he doesn't care about bad hair days or overdue bills." - author unknown

“The dog has an enviable mind; he remembers the nice things in life and quickly blots out the nasty.” - Barbara Woodhouse

“The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to his level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.” - James Thurber

“The dog,
in life the firmest friend
The first to welcome,
Foremost to defend.”
- Lord Byron

"The greatest love is a mother's; then comes a dog's." - Polish proverb

“The more I see of people, the more I like dogs.” - Madame Roland

"The more I see of the depressing stature of people, the more I admire my dogs." - Alphonse de Lamartine

"The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend, the only creature faithful to the end." - George Crabbe

“There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.” - Konrad Lorenz

“They are much superior to human beings as companions. They do not quarrel or argue with you. They never talk about themselves, but listen while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” - Jerome K. Jerome

"To err is human, to forgive, canine." - author unknown

“We are alone, absolutely alone on this planet, and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, except the dog, has made an alliance with us.” - Maurice Maeterlinck

“What dogs? These are my children, little people with fur who make my heart open a little wider.” - Oprah Winfrey

“‘Won’t be long’ means nothing to a dog. All he knows is that you are gone.” - Jane Swan

“Whoever else thinks you are of little worth - to your dog you are the centre of the universe.” - Pam Brown

“You come home. The dog throws [him]self at you. ‘Where have you been? You’ve been so long…I love you, love you, love you. What’s in the bag? Something for me? Oh, let me lick your ear. Oh, let me chew your gloves. You’re HOME!” - Pam Brown

“You may be so unloving and so unlovable that you cannot love or be loved by anybody of your own kind, but you can love and be loved by a dog…” - James Doublas

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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