Be it human or animal, touch is a life-giving thing. Has anyone ever had a stroke or a heart attack while cozied up with a pet? I doubt it.
I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand.
It is a perversely human perception that animals in their native habitat are running wild.
There is in all animals a sense of duty that man condescends to call instinct.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being.
[H]e doesn’t reckon his dog has human feelings, but he sure lets you know when you hurt his instincts.