JOHN W. CROSS JR.
Chairman of the Westminster Kennel Club
The obvious answer is dogs because most dogs are far more decent than most people. They ask nothing of you but a little affection. You never have to worry about their loyalty. Of course, I'm comparing dogs to run-of-the-mill people, not my close friends.
Winner of most 1956 "firsts" in Junior Showmanship
I'm crazy about dogs, but I've met so many wonderful persons who love dogs that I like people a lot, too. You can scold a dog and he'll just give you a loving look. But if you scold a person he'll scold back. So you think you like dogs better. But you don't, not really.
New York City and Washington
Dogs? You should see the mess they've made of my neighborhood. The only ones I like are hot dogs and the kind that run around tracks. A dog came at me once in the park. His owner said, "He won't bite; he has no teeth." I replied: "The teeth I see must be false."
MRS. ADELE S. COLGATE
Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
Generally, I like dogs better and I would rather have dealings with them because dogs don't play politics. A dog is honest all his life and nothing can change him. There is no loyalty that can compare to a dog's. He has been known to lick the hand that beats him.
May 26, 1957
GEORGE F. FOLEY
President, Foley Dog Show Organization, Inc.
Dogs. When you deal with the public you deal with all classes of people, but there's no caste among dogs. Whether you're rich or poor, a gentleman or a bum, your dog will love you just the same. You find the same loyalty and affection among people, but it is very rare.
MRS. GEORGE C. MILTENBERGER
Dogs. I like my dog even better than my husband. My dog is a better companion and never talks back or tells me what to do. Furthermore, he has a beautiful pedigree that I can trace back an x number of generations. And he's much easier to feed than my husband.
Noted writer on animals
I like both. Dogs possess all our virtues, exceed us in many, and have none of our vices. Mark Twain said: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will never bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and a man." And I go along with Mr. Twain.
I think it was Schopenhauer, the German philosopher, who said that the more he saw of people, the better he liked animals. I'm not that disillusioned. I like children best. Then I like my friends. Dogs are next, and my favorite among them is our St. Bernard rescue dog.
HOWARD G. MAKELIM
I haven't known many persons I liked more than my bloodhounds. Other than my wife no person is as close to me. They are my pride and joy. They often locate lost children when parents ask my help. I recently received a medal for the lost children my dogs found.
WILLIAM A. ROCKEFELLER
Westminster Kennel Club
If a man likes dogs he will seldom see one he dislikes. You can't say the same for people. We get more loyalty and affection from dogs than we do from people. But we must live with people. The real challenge is in making friends that will like us as much.