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January 13, 2012

Blank Headstones Call For Good Dog Quotes...Obviously

By Chad Love

A few years back I did a blog post soliciting great outdoors quotes for a number of blank granite headstones that had come into my possession. Headstones? Well, yes, it's a long story.

I was reminded of that blog post last night as I was reading a thoroughly enjoyable book entitled "Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West." As the title implies, the book is a fascinating chronicle of the raucous, brilliant, and utterly debauched Seventies-era Key West literary scene.

What does that have to do with dogs? Well, several of the major players in that scene, Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane, Guy de la Valdene (and even Jimmy Buffett, who at one time, believe it or not, was on the masthead of Sports Afield) have elsewhere written lyrics and hauntingly beautiful words about hunting birds with dogs. In fact, de la Valdene's latest book, "The Fragrance of Grass" (my review of that book is forthcoming) is taken from a Jim Harrison poem.

But as I was reading last night I came across a great off-the-cuff dog quote from Harrison, in which he tells his interviewer that, if he had only five minutes left to live, he would light up a cigarette and pet his dog. I've still got a few blank headstones, and I'm thinking that might make it onto one of them.

Anyway, I thought it'd be fun to once again solicit some dog-related reader quotes. Go dig 'em up, put 'em in the comments section and let's see what we can come up with.

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from R.U. Effingme wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I don't smoke, but I agree that spending my last five minutes petting Lilly and sitting next to my wife wouldn't be a bad way to depart this world. One of my favorite dog-related quotes is attributed to Will Rogers. "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Cant really say it was from an author, but the guy on american hoggers said after burying his favorite dog "im gonna have one hell of a pack of dogs when I get to heaven"

And I can say the same but my pack wont be as large im sure!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"HUP! ... HUP! ... You girls are WAY outa range! Wait there, I'm coming."

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Yes, Sayfu, I shoulda used e-collars. Might have kept them here. At least till the batteries ran out.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

One of the best gifts I ever received was a headstone for my dog after he passed in 1999. It simply said "BUCK". It didn't have to say anything else.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I also like this one from Norm of "Cheers"

"It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing milk bone underwear."

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from Double D wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I'm with Ontario Honker:
"Come around. COME AROUND! GET THE F@#$ BACK HERE!"

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Okay, here's a better one for a dog's tombstone: "My dog--- [she was] a heartbeat at my feet." - Edith Wharton

Kinda says it all.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"STAY" would be kinda cute on a headstone.

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from BearDog wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I kinda like "Wait for me" - seems that's what I'm yelling half the time!

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"I'll be there waiting for you."

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Less philosophically--"Strap on the meat ponchos."

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from Kris24 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Below This Stone Lies "One Helluva Dog". His/Her name is (insert name here).

The above comes from/reminds me of the end of the song "Big Bad John"....at the bottom of this mine lies one helluva man...big bad John.

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"when all else went to hell, this dog didn't"!

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from abc123 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Lord Byron's Epitaph to a Dog:

Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferosity,
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 in Newfoundland May 1803
and died at Newstead Nov. 18, 1808.

When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,
Unknown by Glory, but upheld by Birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below.
When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the Soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –
Who knows thee well must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit!
By nature vile, ennobled but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.
Ye, who perchance behold this simple urn,
Pass on – it honors none you wish to mourn.
To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;
I never knew but one – and here he lies.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Yes, Lord Byron said it well. I would definitely think about taking an excerpt from that for my dog's stone. I'm wondering if Boatswain was a St John's dog. They were the ancestor of our labs and renowned for their endurance and sweet disposition. The last pair died around 1982. That would be a breed worth resurrecting in a petri dish if possible.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

I had a redbone hound whose stone should read "he didn't hold anything back". I still miss the old boy. Good dogs and good friends don't come along every day and should be cherished.

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from duckman90 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

"Only a dog, but such love she gave."

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from dogwood wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

MAJOR

Born a dog
Died a gentleman
Epitaph on a dog's gravestone in Maryland, USA

Here Shock, the pride of all his kind, is laid,
Who fawned like man, but ne'er like man betrayed.
John Gay

http://www.dogquotations.com/grieving-and-loss.html

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

That was a nice site.

"If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness."

Marjorie Garber

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from Jere39 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

"Not sure what this means,
None of us could read it through our tears"

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"HUP! ... HUP! ... You girls are WAY outa range! Wait there, I'm coming."

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

One of the best gifts I ever received was a headstone for my dog after he passed in 1999. It simply said "BUCK". It didn't have to say anything else.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fezzant wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from abc123 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Lord Byron's Epitaph to a Dog:

Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferosity,
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 in Newfoundland May 1803
and died at Newstead Nov. 18, 1808.

When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,
Unknown by Glory, but upheld by Birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below.
When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the Soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –
Who knows thee well must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit!
By nature vile, ennobled but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.
Ye, who perchance behold this simple urn,
Pass on – it honors none you wish to mourn.
To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;
I never knew but one – and here he lies.

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from R.U. Effingme wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I don't smoke, but I agree that spending my last five minutes petting Lilly and sitting next to my wife wouldn't be a bad way to depart this world. One of my favorite dog-related quotes is attributed to Will Rogers. "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Cant really say it was from an author, but the guy on american hoggers said after burying his favorite dog "im gonna have one hell of a pack of dogs when I get to heaven"

And I can say the same but my pack wont be as large im sure!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Yes, Sayfu, I shoulda used e-collars. Might have kept them here. At least till the batteries ran out.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I also like this one from Norm of "Cheers"

"It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing milk bone underwear."

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Double D wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I'm with Ontario Honker:
"Come around. COME AROUND! GET THE F@#$ BACK HERE!"

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Okay, here's a better one for a dog's tombstone: "My dog--- [she was] a heartbeat at my feet." - Edith Wharton

Kinda says it all.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"STAY" would be kinda cute on a headstone.

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from BearDog wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I kinda like "Wait for me" - seems that's what I'm yelling half the time!

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"I'll be there waiting for you."

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Less philosophically--"Strap on the meat ponchos."

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from Kris24 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Below This Stone Lies "One Helluva Dog". His/Her name is (insert name here).

The above comes from/reminds me of the end of the song "Big Bad John"....at the bottom of this mine lies one helluva man...big bad John.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

"when all else went to hell, this dog didn't"!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Yes, Lord Byron said it well. I would definitely think about taking an excerpt from that for my dog's stone. I'm wondering if Boatswain was a St John's dog. They were the ancestor of our labs and renowned for their endurance and sweet disposition. The last pair died around 1982. That would be a breed worth resurrecting in a petri dish if possible.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

I had a redbone hound whose stone should read "he didn't hold anything back". I still miss the old boy. Good dogs and good friends don't come along every day and should be cherished.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from duckman90 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

"Only a dog, but such love she gave."

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from dogwood wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

MAJOR

Born a dog
Died a gentleman
Epitaph on a dog's gravestone in Maryland, USA

Here Shock, the pride of all his kind, is laid,
Who fawned like man, but ne'er like man betrayed.
John Gay

http://www.dogquotations.com/grieving-and-loss.html

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

That was a nice site.

"If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness."

Marjorie Garber

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from Jere39 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

"Not sure what this means,
None of us could read it through our tears"

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