Good Dog

First hike, Black Balsalm Knob, Pisgah National Forest

First hike, Black Balsalm Knob, Pisgah National Forest

Today, I celebrate the birthday of my dog, Scout. She’s 10 years old.

She’s played quite a few roles over the years: best buddy, favorite trail partner, baby wrangler, toddler pillow, roadImageDisp trip queen, beach bum, lifeguard, mountain climber, and more.

She is a most boon companion.

So, today, in honor of Scout, some quotes about good dogs:

“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

“The dog is the god of frolic.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher



“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
~ John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog    

“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 gifts the commonest.”
~ Martin Luther

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



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