40 Quotes About Losing a Dog to Help Heal Your Grief

Losing a pet is something that no owner wants to have to go through, and dealing with the grief associated is one of the toughest things to experience. Dogs are such loyal creatures and have such pure hearts, losing them can be devastating and even cause overwhelming psychological distress. So how do you remember and honor your lost pal and move forward? Below are a few quotes about losing a dog meant to help bring some closure and remind us how dogs have touched our hearts.

These quotes and sayings are meant to hopefully bring some small comfort into your life if you are struggling with the loss of a dog or pet. We have also create a few printable memorial pictures that can download, add your puppers image and frame.

Quotes About Losing a Dog And Healing Your Grief

Often times, knowing you are not along in your grief can help a bit. While they don’t eliminate the pain they can offer some comfort in knowing that others have stood in your shoes and felt the pain of losing their best friend.

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
“Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.”
– Gene Hill
“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
“I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.”
– Joe Garagiola
“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'”
Dave Barry
“The dog is a gentleman. I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”
Mark Twain
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras
“To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was,
to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.”
Hermione Gingold
“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.”
Sigmund Freud
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
– Will Rogers
“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”
“The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?”
Sir Walter Scott
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
Washington Irving
“Heaven is by favour; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made
(man) is the most detestable.”
– Mark Twain
“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.”
Kristan Higgins
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings
“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 A. Caras
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”
John Grogan
“A dog wags his tail with his heart.”
Martin Buxbaum
“Dogs leave pawprints on our hearts”
Author Unknown
“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us,these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”
John Galsworthy
“Dogs are always good and full of selfless love. They are undiluted vessels of joy who never, ever deserve anything bad that happens to them.”
Steven Rowley
“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
“The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.”
Konrad Lorenz
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
By M.K. Clinton
“If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.”
– Pam Brown
“My best friend walked the earth on four legs without a care in the world. The only thought racing his mind was pleasing me. This utmost unconditional love can only come from love of a dog.”
Laurel Nanna
“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.”
Phil Pastoret
“The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.”
Konrad Lorenz
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.” 
Erica Jong
“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.”
Cassandra Clare
“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
John Grogan
“Once you’ve had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.”
Dean Koontz
“His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.”
Cesar Millan
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
Irish Headstone
“A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.”
Bob Barker
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?”
– Sir Walter Scott

These quotes on losing a dog can be used to help cope or help to serve as a reminder that we are not alone.

Since pets rarely outlive their owners, the short time spent with them is precious. If you or someone you know is struggling with the loss of a pet I hope these quotes about losing a dog brought some small comfort.

If you are dealing with intense grief its best to reach out to a family member, friend or doctor to ensure you stay comforted and protected during the challenging time.

Printable Pet Memorial Photos:

If you interested in finding a nice memorial for your loved one, feel free to download these printable pet memorial photo backgrounds. Just click, download and print. Then cut out the circle or square and place your favorite photo of your pet. The pdf will print as an 8×10 image or a square 6×6 (for the first one) They can be resized via your printer settings.

Click Here for Square Pet Memorial Photo

Click Here for Pet Memorial Poster #1

Click Here for Pet Memorial Photo #2

Click Here for Pet Memorial Photo #3

Because our pets give us such a special kind of unconditional love and intent that is so far superior to what any human can give back, we always do our best for them and in return they make us better people.

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