Quotes From Canada; L.M. Montgomery


We have three cats at our house, and have recently acquired a dog. The cats are not impressed. But, I am hopeful that they will someday all be friends.

I feel like I have been living and breathing cats and dogs lately, which has put me in mind of this quote about cats from Anne:

I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.”   – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

I love our dog (along with some others- Leo, Eddy, Lucy, and Nellie, to name a few), but I would still have to call myself a cat person. How about you? Dogs or cats?

Here are a few animal books that I have read and liked (Lassie, Winn-Dixie, The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Dog’s Purpose, The Incredible Journey), or haven’t read but would like to (this is just a sampling – there are so many!):


Has anyone read any of these? What are your favourite animal books?

31 thoughts on “Quotes From Canada; L.M. Montgomery

  1. Cathy746books says:

    I am definitely a dog person yet my favourite animal book would be a favourite from my childhood – Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill. I hope your cats and dogs become friends soon!

  2. Angélique says:

    I love cats (I have two) and dogs but I also consider myself a cat person. I absolutely love this quote from L.M. Montgomery!!!
    I plan to read the “Compleat Cat” by Cleveland Amory forever now. I found it in a thrift store (really!) and it looks just too cute!

  3. The Paperback Princess says:

    I think I actually should be a cat person: my ideal day involves sitting under a blanket reading with tea nearby. Cats are very conducive to this lifestyle. But I am decidedly a dog person. Dogs always and forever. I’m also kind of allergic to cats so…dogs.

    I rarely read books about animals too. Normally bad things happen to the animals and it’s always worse when bad things happen to animals. People can die, it’s fine. But please let the dog/cat/horse be ok.

    • Naomi says:

      I am with you on that! It is so much worse when an animal dies. I was reading A Dog’s Purpose out loud to my kids, and they were getting impatient with my constant need to stop and try to gain control of myself while reading about the dog’s many re-incarnations. It was such a nice story, though. Just better not to have to read it out loud. Same for Lassie. I think I scared my children when I read them that one! 🙂

  4. Hobbie DeHoy says:

    I adore cats, and have very little patience with dogs. My favorite animal books of all time are James Herriot’s All Things Great and Small books. Those were popular in the eighties, and I don’t know if people are still reading them or not, but they are terrific. Happy to see Jenny the Cat here, and there is another children’s picture book that won the Caldecott called April’s Kittens that is a good one too.

    • Naomi says:

      I don’t know how James Herriot got left off my list! I read those books a long time ago, but I think they are still going. Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. kmn04books says:

    I haven’t read any of the books you listed there but I did watch the Marley & Me movie. I can’t decide between cats and dogs; I love them all! I do love the Anne quote though… she’s so wonderful. Congrats on the new dog!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Karen! I do love all my furry children, even though they can be just as much of a handful as my furless ones. 🙂
      I saw the Marley movie, too, which is why I probably won’t ever get to the book. I had a good cry over that one!

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