98 Comforting Quotes About Losing a Dog and Finding Solace

Losing a dog is a heart-wrenching experience that touches the very core of our emotions. The grief that accompanies their departure can be overwhelming, and the pain of their absence excruciating. During these times of profound sorrow, we often turn to comforting quotes about losing a dog to find solace and understanding.

Whether you’re grappling with the loss of a beloved canine companion or seeking solace for a friend who is, these words offer a ray of hope and a reminder that the love we shared with our dogs leaves behind eternal pawprints on our hearts.

Intrepid Quips Tip:

We wanted to share with you some books that we believe might offer solace and support as you navigate the path of coping with the loss of your dear companion. These books helped us with providing comfort, understanding, and healing in the face of the loss of our beloved Toby:
“Losing My Best Friend” by Jeannie Wycherley
“Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die” by Jon Katz
The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives by Jessica Pierce
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, and it’s okay to take all the time you need to heal.

Quotes About Love and Loss of a Beloved Dog

In the world of our four-legged friends, love is unwavering, and the pain of loss cuts deep. Our beloved dogs become an integral part of our lives, filling each day with immeasurable affection and a connection that defies words.

In this section, we’ve gathered quotes that capture the deep love and the profound sense of loss when a cherished dog leaves our side. These quotes offer understanding and solace for those grappling with the heartache of saying goodbye.

Whether you’re mourning your faithful companion or offering support to a friend, these words remind us that the love we shared with our dogs endures, even in the face of loss.

1. “I loved you for your whole life and I’ll miss you for the rest of mine.”

2. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” — Hilary Stanton Zunin

3. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. — Helen Keller

4. “Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of your life and one of the worst days.”

5. “Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”Kabil Gibran

6. “If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.”

7. “The most difficult thing about having a dog is the goodbye.”

8. “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

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9. “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

10. “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.”Louis Sabin

11. “What is grief, if not love persevering.”

12. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France

13. “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” — Agnes Sligh Turnbull

14. “Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” — Caroline Knapp

15. “If love alone could have kept you here, you would’ve lived forever.”

16. “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

17. “Love is love,” I told her, as I tell all of my patients who are ashamed to find themselves shattered by the death of a dog. “Loss is loss.”Meg Donohue

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18. “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

19. “The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made his greatest gift the commonest.”Martin Lutherf

20. “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”Roger Caras

21. “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” — Alphonse de Lamartine

22. “God’s finger touched him, and he slept. — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Quotes About Cherishing Memories of Your Dog

In the company of our beloved dogs, we create precious memories that last a lifetime. Even when they’re no longer with us, these memories remain like bright stars in our hearts, illuminating our lives with love and joy.

In this section, we’ve gathered quotes that pay tribute to the art of cherishing the moments we’ve shared with our dogs. These quotes remind us that our furry friends live on in the memories we hold dear.

23. “A companion is gone … but the memory lives on.”

24. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
 may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”

25. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

26. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.” Milan Kundera

27. “Dogs leave their paw prints on our hearts.”

28. “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” Mitch Albom

29. “His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.”Elizabeth Barrett Browning

30. “Dogs…do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith.”Eugene O’Neill

Quotes About Losing a Dog

31. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”Jack Lemmon

32. “When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life’s road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us.”

33. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”Aeschylus

34. “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you..I loved you so- ’twas Heaven here with you.” — Isla Paschal Richardson

35. “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

36. “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

37. “A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way.”

Quotes About Losing a Dog

38. “Just because somebody is gone doesn’t mean they don’t exist anymore—with a little imagination, you’re never alone.” — Marc Levy

39. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”Khalil Gibran

40. “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

Healing and Hope Quotes About Losing a Dog

Losing a beloved dog is a journey through the deepest corridors of grief, where pain and loss are felt with an intensity that words struggle to capture. Yet, in the midst of this sorrow, there is a glimmer of healing, a ray of hope that begins to shine.

In this section, we’ve gathered quotes that illuminate the path toward healing and hope after the loss of a dear canine companion. These words are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring love we carry for our dogs.

41. “Grief is not a sign of weakness, but the price of love.”

42. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”Thomas Campbell

43. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”C.S. Lewis

44. “Grief is pervasive. It cannot be quarantined any more than love can be quarantined. Grief affects all areas of life.”Shelby Forsythia

45. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”Pierre Auguste Renoir

46. “Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn’t breaking. It hurts because it’s getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds.”Rita Mae Brown

47. “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

48. “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.”Cassandra Clare

49. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”E.A. Bucchianeri

50. “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”Vicki Harrison

51. “Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear.”Joshua Wisenbaker

52. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”Leo Tolstoy

53. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”Ted Geisel aka Dr. Seuss

54. “Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” — William Shakespeare

55. “Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.”Christopher Morley

56. “I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone – you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.”Alyson Noel

57. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

58. “Heartbreak is life educating us.”George Bernard Shaw

59. “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

60. “Grief doesn’t have a plot. It isn’t smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end.”Ann Hood

61. “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

62. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” — Isaac Asimov

63. “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

Eternal Bonds Quotes About Losing a Dog

The bonds we share with our dogs are eternal, transcending the limits of time and space. These loyal companions leave indelible pawprints on our hearts, forging connections that remain unbroken, even in their physical absence.

In this section, we’ve gathered quotes that celebrate the everlasting bonds between humans and their dogs, even in the face of loss. These words are a tribute to the enduring love, loyalty, and unbreakable connections that continue to thrive within our memories.

64. “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.”Paulo Coelho

65. “Some angels choose fur instead of wings.”

66. “The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.” — Ben Hur Lampman

67. “The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts.”

68. “The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.” — Konrad Lorenz

69. “It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog that comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all of the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and as loving as they are.”

70. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”A.A. Milne

71. “Once you’ve had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” — Dean Koontz

The Rainbow Bridge: Quotes About Losing a Dog

The Rainbow Bridge is a place where beloved pets are said to wait, healthy and happy, for their owners who will one day join them. It’s a comforting and symbolic notion that provides solace to those who have lost their dear canine companions.

This section is dedicated to quotes that honor the concept of the Rainbow Bridge, where the bonds between humans and their dogs are destined to be reunited.

72. “All the love you ever gave is waiting for you there at Rainbow Bridge.” — Kate McGahan

73. “When you feel me in your heart, look up and I’ll be right there.”

74. “I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you; but instead I am deeply honored knowing you spent the rest of your life with me.”Camille Marcotte

75. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” — John Taylor

76. “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”Will Rogers

77. “I heard somebody define heaven once as a place where, when you get there, all the dogs you ever loved run to greet you.”Robert B. Parker

78. “Heaven, or the Other Side is all around us. It is not in some far away place. Your loved ones are just a thought away.”Karen A. Anderson

79. “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

80. “You think the final act of love is setting them free to Rainbow Bridge? That is not the final act of love. The final act of love is releasing them from your leash of grief so they can be free in heaven on the other side of the Bridge.” — Kate McGahan

81. “If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.”James Thurber

82. “Those we love may come and go, but just like a rainbow doesn’t stay. They’re never very far away.”Richard Lawrence Belford

83. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”Mark Twain

84. “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

Support and Sympathy in Coping with Grief Quotes

During times of grief, the warmth of support and the solace of sympathy are like lifelines that help us navigate the turbulent sea of emotions. Losing a beloved dog is a profound and often heart-wrenching experience, one that can leave us feeling adrift in a sea of sorrow.

In this section, we’ve gathered quotes that offer both support and sympathy for those who are coping with the loss of a cherished canine companion. These words provide comfort and understanding, serving as beacons of hope for those who are navigating the complex and often challenging journey of grief.

85. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”Rumi

86. “A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.”Mary Carolyn Davies

87. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” — Josh Billings

88. “If you’ve ever wondered what the right thing is to say to someone who’s grieving a death, I think this is it: Tell me all about your dear one.” — Duchess Goldblatt

89. “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

90. “Dogs die. But dogs live, too. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow.”Dan Gemeinhar

91. “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

92. “When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life’s road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us.”

93. “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”Mark Twain

94. “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

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

96. “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.”Bob Barker

97. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

98. “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” — Thom Jones

Intrepid Quips Favorite Quote

We end this collection of quotes about losing a dog with our favorite heartfelt words of Gene Hill, who beautifully encapsulates the profound connection between humans and their four-legged companions.

In this quote, Hill paints a vivid picture of the indomitable bond shared with our canine friends. These loyal beings are more than pets; they are family, confidants, and unwavering sources of love and support:

He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself.

He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever—in case I need him. And I expect I will—as I always have. He is just my dog.”

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