Here they come…cats and dogs!

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

 —Martin Buber


A cat pours his body on the floor like water.

 —William Lyon Phelps


Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. —

Jeff Valdez

But a cat will be happy to hitch a ride.

There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat

. —Wesley Bates


Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

—Ann Landers  

Thanks for bursting that bubble, Ann.


You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets. —

Nora Ephron

When my husband and I began to talk of marriage, I told him the only condition was that I must always have a dog. He never had one growing up, but we have indeed always had a dog.


Cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when overweight, arrange yourself in slim poses.

—John Weitz


If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.

—Alfred North Whitehead

Okay. This critter didn’t exactly “jump,” but this picture makes Whitehead’s point anyway.

There are no ordinary cats

. —Colette


A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. —

Ogden Nash 

It’s hard not to believe that my very own hound inspired Nash’s comment.

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

Bravo to this canine! I’ve yet to own a dog who enjoys being vacuumed.

© 2012 Toni Bernhard

Thank you for reading my work. My most recent book is titled How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow.

I'm also the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers

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