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Why Do People Love Dogs

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Dogs Are Great

People with dogs have lower blood pressure and live longer. Dogs have a genius for observing human behavior that they use to love us as we need to be loved.

No other critter yearns to please its master as does the dog. No other creature gives unconditional love as does the dog. They have a more highly developed emotional life than any animal.

Who but a dog can exhibit such joy when its friends come home or its time for an adventure?

My Seamus Boy

My Seamus Boy



Famous Quotes About Dogs

Voltaire said: "Judge this dog who has lost his master, who has searched for him with mournful cries in every path, who comes home agitated, restless, who runs up and down the stairs, who goes from room to room, who at last finds his beloved master in his study, and shows him his joy by the tenderness of cries, by his leaps, by his caresses."

Samuel Coleridge said: "The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to him may become traitors to their faith. The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

James Thurber said: "Dogs may be Man's best friend, but Man is often Dog's severest critic, in spite of his historic protestations of affection and admiration. He observes, cloudily, that this misfortune or that shouldn't happen to a dog, as if most slings and arrows should, and he describes anybody he can't stand as a dirty dog. He notoriously takes the names of the female dog and her male offspring in vain, to denounce blackly members of his own race. In all this disdain and contempt there is a curious streak of envy, akin to what the psychiatrists know as sibling rivalry. Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog."





Dog Idioms

People have a lot of curious uses of the word "dog." These idioms should dispel any doubts about the intimate relationship between humans and dogs since they figure so prominently in our language. Here are some examples:

We have to put on a dog and pony show; Every dog has his day; You look like somebody just shot your dog; He's the top dog; He's as mean as a junkyard dog; He's gone to the dogs; It's the dog days of summer; I'm the big dog around here; You are a dog-faced liar; That dog won't hunt; There's a dog leg on the eighth hole; If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas: What you need is the hair of the dog; It's a dog eat dog world; You're dogging me man; You can't run with the big dogs; You are barking up the wrong tree; If you refer a new customer, I'll give you a birddog fee; I worked like a dog; You're a lucky dog; The dog ate my homework; My dogs are barking; The tail's wagging the dog; There's life in this old dog yet; That shouldn't happen to a dog; I'm in the dog house; Let sleeping dogs lie; His bark is worse than his bite; Call off the dogs; I am as sick as a dog; I'm dog tired; I've been thrown to the dogs; You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.



My Wee One, Cailin

My Wee One, Cailin

My Gracie Girl

My Gracie Girl

Famous Quotes About Dogs

Miguel Cervantes said: "I know well enough that there have been dogs so loving that they have thrown themselves into the same grave with the dead bodies of their masters; others have stayed upon their masters' graves without stirring a moment from them, and have voluntarily starved themselves to death, refusing to touch the food that was brought them."

Willie Morris, in his fabulous book, My Dog Skip, wrote: "The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, and love, and death: Old Skip was my brother. They had buried him under our elm tree, they said — yet this wasn't totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart."

Will Rogers wrote: "If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around."

Aldous Huxley wrote: "To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."

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Robert Benchley wrote: "A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."

Mark Twain wrote: "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."

Dave Barry said: "Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard."





Song About Dogs

Old Dog Tray
Stephen Foster

The morn of life is past,
And evening comes at last;
It brings me a dream of a once happy day,
Of merry forms I've seen
Upon the village green,
Sporting with my old dog Tray.

Old dog Tray's ever faithful;
Grief cannot drive him away;
He's gentle, he is kind,
I'll never, never find
A better friend than old dog Tray.

The forms I called my own
Have vanished one by one,
The loved ones, the dear ones have all passed away;
Their happy smiles have flown,
Their gentle voices gone,
I've nothing left but old dog Tray.


When thoughts recall the past,
His eyes are on me cast,
I know that he feels what my breaking heart would say;
Although he cannot speak,
I'll vainly, vainly seek
A better friend than old dog Tray




Man's Best Friend

Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith.

The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentlemen of the jury: A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side.

He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.


Poem About Dogs


Near this spot Are deposited the Remains

Of one who Possessed Beauty

Without Vanity, Strength without Insolence,

Courage without Ferocity,

And all the Virtues of Man

Without his Vices.

This Praise, which would be unmeaning

flattery, If inscribed over Human Ashes,

Is but a just tribute to the

Memory of "Boatswain," a Dog

Who was born at Newfoundland,

May, 1803,

And died at Newstead Abbey

Nov. 18, 1808.

Lord Byron


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 26, 2019:

Kari Poulsen! It's done. I added my three dogs' pics above.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 25, 2017:

You are quite welcome!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 25, 2017:

Let me know when you add them! Thanks :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 24, 2017:

Kari Poulsen! Let me see if I can accommodate you. Thank you.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on August 26, 2017:

I would love to see the pictures of your new dogs! I really enjoy looking at animal pictures. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 26, 2017:

Kari Poulsen ~ Thank you so much for reading my work and taking the time to send me this gracious message. I love my dogs. I have four of them now so this Hub needs some new pics!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on August 17, 2017:

I had chills down my spine reading this :)

There certainly is no greater friend than a dog. I lost my best friend, Emma, in 2006. I'm glad to say I have a new best friend, Carly. It took me until 2013 to find her, but well worth the wait. She is always trying to make me laugh with her goofy antics.

Wonderful hub!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 17, 2017:

Shyron E Shenko ! Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I am so glad you liked it. Congratulations on your new puppy!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 17, 2017:

You are most welcome, Vladimir Uhri. Since you commented on this Hub I know you have gone to Heaven. I hope to see you there one day.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 17, 2017:

Paolo Cross ~ I agree with you 100%. Thank you very much for reading my article and leaving such a thoughtful comment.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 04, 2017:

I love this hub about dogs, especially since I got a puppy in February. Your dog is beautiful.

Blessings my friend

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on December 08, 2013:

I love your Hub very much, my friend. Hercules is beautiful and friendly dog. I enjoyed to read about him. Thanks.

Paolo Cross from Philippines on February 21, 2013:

Aside from their loyalty, they are a good substitute for people who cannot have, or do not have the chance to have an offspring. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 07, 2013:

Frangipanni-- I agree with you! Thank you for saying that you love my Hub! Welcome to the HubPages Community!

James :D

ps I look forward to reading your writings, which I shall attend to ASAP.

Frangipanni on February 05, 2013:

I love this hub! Dogs really are man's best friend.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 19, 2012:

VBTd2erdqqy— Thank you! Thank you very much.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 05, 2012:

newusedcarssacram— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 05, 2012:

Jenna Pope— Thank you for the gracious compliment and the voted up. It is great to 'see' you again. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 04, 2012:

dghbrh— You are quite welcome. Thank you for the compliments. I am glad you enjoyed my article. I appreciate the up votes and away. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 04, 2012:

jennzie— Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate the voted up and your kind words.

James :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 04, 2012:

nanderson500— Thank you, Nick. I appreciate the compliment. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 04, 2012:

Maria Cecilia— I smiled when reading about your 12-year-old brother Peso. :D

Thank you for your interesting comments. I very much appreciate this visitation from you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 04, 2012:

Thelma Alberts— Hello there! It is great to hear from you. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. I was tickled to hear your story about Angus and the "gobsmack." :)

I hadn't heard that term before.

I appreciate the compliments and the voted up. Thank you very much for sharing this article with your friends. That means a lot to me.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on September 04, 2012:

Because dogs are the cutest pet on this earth...

Jenna Pope from Southern California on September 03, 2012:

Such a beautiful Hub. We have several dogs -- three of which are Yorkies. I'd run a dog rescue, if we had more land! Voted up.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on September 03, 2012:

You little HERCULES is very cute

nice hub

enjoyed reading it

I love dogs very much as well but cant keep one for space constraint

thanks for sharing this one

up votes and away:-)

Jenn from Pennsylvania on September 03, 2012:

Your Hercules is very beautiful. Dogs are truly man's (and woman's) best friend- I couldn't imagine my life without mine.

Voted up!!

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on September 03, 2012:

Dogs are definitely excellent at reading body language. They are very loyal too. Great hub!

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on September 03, 2012:

Humans who love their dogs have the tendency to break the rules once in a while. My dog Peso already 12 years old is almost like a younger brother... he is a brat and has his way to get what he wants... I just love to hang out with him, and I am planning to bring him to mall on my coming birthday.... nice to see fellow doglovers here, I will follow you all if I have the time

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 03, 2012:

WOW! You seems like talking about me and Angus, my dog. When I left Angus for 3 months at home in the Philippines and I was in Germany, I was so worried about him and he was so sad for the first week. He became sad as what my nephew said who was taking care of him. Then he got used to my absence. When I came home, at first he just looked at me twice, maybe recollecting who I am and then climbed to me until his face was tremendously kissing me that I was gobsmacked. My relatives who were looking was very amused. They have not seen like that before.

Thats the way dogs love us human being. That is, if we treated them well. Your Hercules is very beautiful. Voted up and shared.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 11, 2012:

Coolmon2009— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 11, 2012:

stars439— Thank you for taking the time to come by to read my article, my friend. It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you. I know you are a cat person but still you left such gracious words here about dogs. I surely appreciate that.

I can see that you have had dogs that you loved deeply in the past, so you know what it's about. I hope you, Joann, and Becky are doing well. God Bless You All!

James :D

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on May 07, 2012:

Nice article, people can learn a lot from a dog far as loyalty and unconditional love, nice article rated up.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on May 07, 2012:

Dogs are just wonderful, adorable, protecive,and have a great potential for loyalty, and I have cried many many serious tears over dogs that I have loved like family that have come , and gone. They are definitely our best friends, and become part of our hearts. God Bless You for you're wonderful honorarium, and fine testement to the awesome "dog." It is always like you never to miss the beat of the fine drummer ( no pun intended ) to pay tribute to the good, and wonderful , and amazing joys of life that deserve them. God Bless You our fine writer, and brother. And your family.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 30, 2012:

frogyfish— It is a pleasure to hear from you again. I am well pleased to see that you enjoyed my Hub and took the time to let me know.

I appreciate your recognition of the pictures I selected. Thank you very much for visiting and for your kind comments. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 26, 2012:

willy— You are quite welcome. Thank you!!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on April 21, 2012:

Aw-w this was awesome! Loved your words and pictures...especially that 'before ande after'. Thanks for a great hub to share the best friends in the world!

willy on April 20, 2012:

thanks alot

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 11, 2012:

Kristeen— Thank you for coming to the defense of dogs everywhere and this Hub. Your remarks are right on target.

I surely appreciate you chiming in. Thanks again! :-)

Christine from Michigan on March 30, 2012:

carlislehall, Its okay if you don't like dogs. No one is making you "love" them. No one is making you have one. Why would you feel the need to be on the attack toward those who do? Why does it matter to you if some people do love them and if you have never had a dog how would you know whether or not they feel love?

If you feel that cold hearted toward a helpless animal, how much more so do you feel that way toward fellow humans? I'm just saying...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 30, 2012:

CarlisleHall— Thank you very much for reading my article. I do appreciate your comments.

You write, "What a bunch of malarkey. There is no evidence whatsoever that dog owners have lower blood pressure"

A quick Google search shows 1,840,000 websites that beg to differ with your assessment, including the BBC. I cannot say that I know for sure. I am no doctor or researcher—just a lowly reporter.

I think the therapeutic effects of dogs even visiting old folks in nursing homes and people who are gravely ill have been widely documented.

I think you are completely off base in your claims that dogs feel no love. Greyfriars Booby lived on his masters grave for 14 years—and his master was not around to give him steaks. Dogs clearly grieve. They are clearly capable of sadness. They are surely capable of love—love not only is an emotion but a devotion. Love is a commitment not a passing fancy as postmoderns might claim. Love is an action verb and by that mark dogs certainly exhibit love.

CarlisleHall on March 24, 2012:

What a bunch of malarkey. There is no evidence whatsoever that dog owners have lower blood pressure or live longer. This is like another claim I saw that petting a dog lowers blood pressure. If a person hates dogs and just thinking of them increases his/her blood pressure, do you really think petting one would lower it?

And as for that “unconditional love” dog owners are always talking about, dogs do not “love” at all. They do whatever is necessary to survive and if a dog happens to have an owner who requires their dog to dance around like an idiot and wallow all over them, that’s what the dog does – not because it wants to do this or because it loves its owner, but just to get fed. I have a proposition for all of you who think your dog “loves” you “unconditionally”: Have a neighbor start feeding your dog steak and hamburger instead of the processed dog food it gets at home and see how quickly your “loyal companion” transfers all that “love” to the neighbor!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 28, 2012:

pstraubie— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I lived in Florida for 18 years and when I saw on your profile page that you were from Citra I had to scramble to see where that was because I had not heard of it. I see it now, right by Ocala there.

I have made myself a note to come over and check out your Hubs, which I will do soon.

I loved reading your warm words. I am glad we are in agreeance, and I am well pleased to find a kindred spirit when it comes to dogs.

Thank you for reading my article. I appreciate your kind comments.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 27, 2012:

Sometimes I really like to read what somebody has written when I can just sit and nod my hig, knowing I so agree!!! Everything you said is so true. I do not have a pup right now..I did but he passed away and I am not quite ready for another. When you wrote about how they love to please us and how they know when we need to be loved...I could feel my little pup was a loyal and loving companion. Right now I have 3 is and inside outside cat ...the other 2 adopted me and live outside. The inside outside kitty thinks, believes, knows I was put on the planet to adore her!! So unlike a sweet sweet pup.So glad you shared this....

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 05, 2012:

Deni Edwards— Thank you very much for your gracious laudations! I appreciate you taking the time to review this Hub. I am glad you liked it. :-)

Jenifer L from california on January 04, 2012:

This is quite a treat for dog lovers--including myself! You've pretty much summed up everything wonderful about dogs...Beautiful!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 28, 2011:

Levertis Steele— How good to see you here! I am well pleased to see that we are kindred spirits when it comes to our love of dogs. I just think they are precious.

I enjoyed reading about Buck. You should write about him.

I am glad you like this Hub. Thank you for reading it. I appreciate your kind comments. And you are most welcome. :D

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on December 27, 2011:

My family has had many wonderful and lovable dogs, but not one was as memorable as Buck, the one of my childhood who lived to be very old. He was not just a dog, but a member of our family. We walked through the woods together, cried together, kept secrets together, listened to each other and even ate together, sharing the same utensils. Kids are nastily kindhearted innocents! Yuck.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing and rehatching old memories of my past dog years.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 17, 2011:

Hillbilly Zen— I like your "handle." :)

Thank you for taking the time to come over and read my Hub. It is one of my personal favorites among those I have published. I very much appreciate your gracious compliments, as well as the voted up, funny, beautiful and interesting!

I do believe we will have dogs in heaven. I enjoyed your thoughtful remarks. Merry Christmas!

Hillbilly Zen from Kentucky on December 14, 2011:

Fantastic Hub! As the well-trained human of four canines (aka The Hell Hounds), your words resonated with me. You've captured the human-canine symbiosis perfectly, and Arch Dynamics' link is hilarious. I got a fan letter from a retired minister who enjoyed my column in the local paper. His position on dogs going to Heaven was that upon his arrival at the Pearly Gates, if he found out dogs weren't allowed he was going to ask for a "transfer"!

Voted up, funny, beautiful and interesting.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 05, 2011:

sharewhatuknow— I know what you mean. It is sad that life includes death. We must accept it for we have no other choice but to tilt at windmills. Thank you for being my HubPages friend.

sharewhatuknow from Western Washington on December 03, 2011:

The 81-year-old gentlemen that I do in-home-care for has a golden retriever. She is now 13 years old. She lays where ever he is seated or lying down. I do hope he goes before she does. Why? It would just tear him apart if she went before him.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 01, 2011:

moonlake— I am sorry to hear that your brother-in-law passed on. Dogs are loyal that way, though, aren't they?

Thank you for complimenting my Hub. I like cats. I never had one but I enjoy them when my friends have them. I appreciate the visit and your comments.

moonlake from America on November 29, 2011:

During the Spring my sister-in-law went outside to check on my brother-in-law and found him on the ground. He had passed away and his dog was laying on top of him. This dog never left his side. I love dogs but I also love cats and think cats also know when your sad or sick.

Great hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 29, 2011:

SanneL— I am a fan of Max von Sydow. I love his performace as the only short-haired Jesus I have seen depicted.

Your (fuzzball) Max shares his birthday with my Hercules!? What a coincidence! That's cool. And God Bless You for rescuing Max.

I am so glad that you enjoyed this Hub. Thank you for this visitation and for your warm words. I enjoyed reading your comments and you are quite welcome. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 29, 2011:

Kristeen— You are most welcome, my lady. I agree with you that dogs do understand much more than we give them credit for. I cannot imagine a world without dogs.

I am sorry to hear about your beloved Lhaso Poo. :-(

But I am well pleased to read how much you enjoyed this Hub and I appreciate your outstanding remarks about it. Thank you for reading my article and for your blessings.

God Bless You! :)

SanneL from Sweden on November 17, 2011:

James -- It's so wonderful to read about your love for your four-legged friend. I hope Hercules is doing fine these days? He is very cute!

I too have a very handsome fuzzball named Max,(named after the Swedish actor, Max von Sydow) He will be eleven years old January 1st. Same birthday as your Hercules. I feel so blessed to have Max in my life. He has brought so much happiness and joy, since the day we rescued him as a stray puppy from the street.

This was such a beautiful tribute to your dear friend!

I enjoyed it very much. Thanks.:)

Christine from Michigan on November 14, 2011:

James, I truly enjoyed reading this hub. I love dogs and it made me laugh. We just recently had our little Lhaso Poo put to sleep. I can relate to the fact that you didn't want to love one again after the deaths of your collies. It is hard to let go. They sure bring a lot of joy and laughter to life though. They are creatures of habit. They get used to a routine and you better not change it. I think they understand more than we give them credit for. Be Blessed. Thanks for sharing the fun.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 02, 2011:

sharewhatuknow— Hello there. I too love doggies so much. They will be in heaven—that much I know. They have to be. :-)

I don't think I have seen that particular program you mentioned but I have seen documentaries about dogs that show how they can tell when their master is sick, and even detect cancerous tumors!

Thank you for your heart-felt comments.

sharewhatuknow from Western Washington on October 31, 2011:

Hi James, I know you did not mean to make me cry. It's not your fault whatsoever. I just love doggies so much and I know that once bonded to a person, they do love back unconditionally and have such amazing loyalty.

There was a special on NOVA a couple of weeks ago about dogs and how some are now being trained to smell blood sugar changes in their diabetic owners. If blood sugar levels started to fall dangerously high or low in a child, the dog will detect it and warn the child's parents by going to them and acting "out of sorts," so to speak. This behavior lets the parents know that doggie is saying..."go check on your child."

This program was awesome to watch. Great article you wrote regarding wo/man's best friend !

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2011:

Pinkchic18— Thank you for the accolades! I am glad you enjoyed this Hub of mine. I appreciate the visit and your comments. :-)

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on October 26, 2011:

I love this hub! So many cute dogs and great quotes. My husband and I just decided it's time to get a dog but we have to wait until spring. So this helped me get my fix (for today) lol Keep up the great work on hubpages!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 25, 2011:

sharewhatuknow— I didn't mean to make you cry by any means. I know it hurts to lose a dog that has been your loving companion for a long time. But I think you ought to dip your toe right back in. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, right? :-)

Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your lovely comments.

sharewhatuknow from Western Washington on October 23, 2011:

This hub makes me want to cry so much. And I am now. I am 47 and have had several dogs who were so beautiful, so loving and protective of me. They are gone now. I don't have a dog at this hurts too much to lose another one of these awesome creatures !!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 13, 2011:

jloeding— I am glad you like this Hub. It is one of my favorites among my own works. I appreciate your recognition of the photographs I selected.

It is good you have a loving dog to keep you company. I am sure you do love her.

Thank you for visiting. And you are most welcome.

jloeding from Lafayette, LA on October 10, 2011:

A great description of 'man's best friend'. Beautiful pictures too. I have a rat terrier who is such a great friend, especially since I lost my husband. She follows every step that I take...always at my feet. I sure do love her. Thanks for the enjoyable article.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 09, 2011:

marimccants— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

marimccants on September 08, 2011:

Great article. You have great information, James. Keep writing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 22, 2011:

angie ashbourne— Thank you! I appreciate you letting me know that you are a dog lover and enjoyed this Hub. :-)


angie ashbourne on August 20, 2011:

Hi! James I have a dog and two cats, they get a long great. I enjoyed this hub. Angie

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 12, 2011:

Eiddwen— There have been lots of comments on this one, to be sure. Thank you for the kind compliments. I appreciate you reading my work and letting me know that you enjoy it.

Faithfully Yours,

James :D

Eiddwen from Wales on August 10, 2011:

Oh wow I didn't think that I was going to come to the end of your comments here.

It's easy to see why you have so many followers though, your hubs are brilliant.

Here's to many more hubs to share.

Take care


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 25, 2011:

Wealthmadehealthy— Thank you very much for your kind comments and gracious compliment. I love dogs. They are precious creatures indeed. It is a joy to hear from you again. I'll have to come over to see what you've been writing soon. :)

Wealthmadehealthy from Somewhere in the Lone Star State on July 23, 2011:

What a beautiful hub. I have two dogs...and they are so special to me. A dog is more than just man's best friend..and I am so glad Hercules enjoys the morning bible time. I should read aloud to my dogs as well.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 13, 2011:

Eiddwen— Yes, this article did produce a lot of comments. I appreciate the bookmark. Of my Hubs, this is one of my favorites. Thank you for reading and for your remarks.


Eiddwen from Wales on July 13, 2011:

Oh wow I thought that I was never going to get to the end of the comments here. However it is easy to see why there are so many !! I am bookmarking into my 'favourite hubs'.

Take care


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 03, 2011:

FloraBreenRobison— I have a whole set of Robisons in my family. God Bless You!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 03, 2011:

RNMSN— I just love reading your ruminations about your cat who is named and who acts like a dog. Thank you for sharing!

Love and Blessings to you!


FloraBreenRobison on July 01, 2011:

My cat often behaves a if it is her name on the deed, not mine. :)

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on July 01, 2011:

oh wow James you mean it is OUR home??? and all this time Dog hs been letting us know loud and clear it is HIS home and we are here only by his gracious acceptance!!!!!!

I am so glad to hear it! I will let my David know that!! :)

Dog loves my David the best....cant tell why, David mutters threats and calls him a dumb cat and Dogamus keeps on purring and David gets this sheepish grin on his face all the time hes rubbing Dog between his ears!James, get this...Dog loves that dried salmon stuff from petsmart..I just dump a few pieces out/he eats away/but just let Dvid be in the kitchen when I do it and Dog will just sit there, back straight,left ear twitching and David will say "Boo, you KNOW he wont eat it like that, you have to break it up for him!" and my David will get a fork and stoop down and get it all nicely smashed...dude that blows my mind :)

oh James you should have seen him catch the pack rat! gross, totally, and of course he wanted it inside...david barely made it to the sliding door to shut it before Dog got there with his prize that was half his size/and Dog is 18 pounds tomcat/well not tom anymore....lets not discuss surgery here :)

so instead Dog ate every bite of that rat in front of us on the porch ugh crunch crunching...its hard to give praise to the cat named dog when you are trying to steal your hubbys cap so you can puck in it :)

what was that you said about enjoying our conversations?????

love to you

barbara b

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 01, 2011:

RNMSN— That is a great name. So, a while became nine years. God bless you for providing this animal a wonderful, loving home.

Wait a minute . . . are you saying your cat caught and ATE a chipmunk?!

Yes, I love the rain. Rain is good.

I haven't seen the Bible for women but I am glad it pleases and edifies you.

Thank you for coming back. I enjoy our conversations, as infrequent as they are. :D


Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on June 30, 2011:

my pleasure James/yes his full name is Dogamus Primus...Katie Baby adopted him then she moved back home (albeit brieflt) and when she left (again) she said, "you guys keep Dog a while for me, K?" that was 9 yrs ago... and yep a scorpion but hes all better now...we sat outside and watched the first monsoon rain thank goodness of the season(he caught and ate a chipmunk n the first of the pitter patter but wanted in when it started thndering!) and yes it came from the south so Hereford and Sierra Vista and even more importantly the Huachucha Mtns got a long/good and much needed drenching!! thank the Lord!

my current favorite Bible is one for women..and on the sides it has all these lovely poems and writings by and about women through the ages and before every chapter they give a bio of whatever women are mentioned in that chapter :) cool

love to you James!

barbara b

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 29, 2011:

RNMSN— Hello Barbara B! Wait a minute . . . you have a cat named "dog?" :D

It got bit by a scorpion!?

Hercules enjoys hearing the Bible read aloud but I haven't detected any difference in his enthusiasm about any particular books. I think he likes them all equally.

Thank you for the love! I send my love back to you!

I appreciate the visit and your lovely comments. :)

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on June 28, 2011:

James Dude! your hub just keeps getting the its!! this is wonderful dont see how I could missed it!hubby and I have inherited katie Bby's cat named 9 yrs...we thik he got a scorpion bite yesterday...puked all over the porch and very slow today but ususally Dog is the Dog...not at all like a cat...

but when its time for Dog the cat to go, we are hoping for a shepard black and tan just like the happy one in your pic!!!

way to go and love to you!!!

hey! which part of the Bible stories does hercules like the best? all david and goliath stuff or the 3 guys in the fire or the story on the mount? :)my favs are still Ruth and other women of the Bible

love to you

barbara b

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 27, 2011:

FloraBreenRobison— Hello! I call myself "daddy" to my Maltese "Hercules" too. And believe me, he knows me by that name and no other. I think dogs will be with us in heaven. As Will Rogers implied, it wouldn't seem like heaven without them.

Well, thank you for visiting and commenting. Welcome to HubPages!! :-)

FloraBreenRobison on June 24, 2011:

Hi, James.

I've always referred to myself as "Mummy" to my tabby cat. Even people with children tend to do this, but those of us-me-without any children can be particularily silly about it. And I have no interest in a Heaven without all my cats, referring to a famous quote by Will Rogers about dogs.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 28, 2011:

tinamarie9884— I am glad you made it! And I am well pleased that you enjoy my Hubs. I love dogs! They are great animals and pets. Thank you for visiting and commenting. :)

tinamarie9884 on May 25, 2011:

James, Well I did make it over. I loved reading your hub. Some of my family members have dogs. They are great animals and pets to the famlies that have them!!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 24, 2011:

Alexander Mark— This is one of my personal favorite Hubs among those I have published. Thank you for taking the time to find it, read it, and comment on it.

I think I will put out some more Hubs soon, though I am also working on my book now. I am in research mode in regard to finishing my series on the History of Christianity. I have read and taken notes from 14 books about the Christian Faith in 19th Century and I am writing every day about that.

I love "Hachi!" A great dog movie, to be sure.

I like the imagery you imagined. Hercules might indeed think he owns the whole world. I have tried to make him feel that way. During the short life of a dog, I think it should be joyous.

I find it hard to imagine heaven without dogs. You know?

I so enjoyed your comments. Thanks again and you are welcome.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on May 23, 2011:

Since I am deprived of any new hubs from you, I went backwards in time and found this diamond. I couldn't help myself, about mid-way through, I had to load up the movie Hachi online and scoffed at the idealistic yuppie-ism, the canned plot and then bawled my eyes out at the ending. Then of course, being an emotional wreck, I continued reading your hub while my face dried and I had to laugh at Hercs antics and personality.

I now have embedded permanently in my head, an image of you either in an old bomber or even a BMW 740 with this cute, white little dog with his hair done up, looking for all the world as if he owned the world as he peeks over your arm.

You know, I may have mentioned this somewhere before, but I believe it is possible we will see our beloved canine friends again. Sometimes, in my happiest and most restful sleep, I dream of a Cocker Spaniel - our family dog - that wasn't perfectly bred, so usually had nasty slobber and gunk coming out of his eyes, but he was loyal to a near fault, stubborn and faithful (didn't I mention that?) and was smart enough to understand he could flip his bowl if he kept scooting it around the floor until it hit something and then he could grab it and bring it in to the living room to let us know it was time to eat right at 5pm everyday.

You cannot buy that kind of love. Thank you for this dedication to man's second best friend.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 10, 2011:

kashmir56— I surely agree with your words, friend. I appreciate the vote up and awesome! :)

Thank you for coming by to read my Hub. It was nice to see the compliments you left me.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on May 09, 2011:

Hi James, a wonderful and awesome hub on dogs, you will never find a friend more loyal than a dog they are just so amazing and loving!

Awesome and vote up !!!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 23, 2011:

Gypsy Willow— Thank you! Poor old Otis. Otis is a girl?

I wish dogs lived longer too. I'll bet millions of people wish it were so. Perhaps there is a lesson in the very brevity of their lives, intertwined with our love for them; and their love for us.

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on April 21, 2011:

Wonderful hub. I cannot imagine life without a dog. Sadly my Otis is slowing down with age but still she enjoys life to the full even if a little more slowly. I wish dogs had a longer life span.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 19, 2011:

carolp— Thank you! I agree. He is quite cute indeed. I will come over and read the Hub about your Eurasier. :-)

Carolina from Switzerland on April 18, 2011:

Your dog is so cute....i love dogs, i have an Eurasier dog,i wrote a hub about her too. Wish you have many wonderful years with her.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2011:

annna— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2011:

marcoujor— You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed this piece. "Work like a dog" I think comes from the days before dogs became pampered pets and they were primarily used to work.

I will be over soon to read your tribute to ALVIN. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

annna on March 07, 2011:

dogs arw the besttt

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 07, 2011:

I don't get the "working like a dog" comment... or maybe in my house, that "is" how I want to work... in honor of a special boy's birthday, ALVIN (who would have been 16yo today), I was inspired to write a little tribute. Thank you~~ I enjoyed this much.

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