dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, pigs is equal

Attributed to Winston Churchill (1874–1965): ‘I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals’ (in M. Gilbert Never Despair (1988) 304).

1980 Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA) 10 Jan 20 Geraldine, a Wessex Saddleback sow, of intermediate age, established herself in the order of things from the first moment of her arrival on our farm... I’ve heard it said that, while a dog looks up to you, and a cat looks down on you, a pig looks you straight in the eye. When she fixed you with her gaze you knew it was a privilege to be considered an equal by Geraldine.

2000 Guardian 3 Mar. 2 ‘Intelligent animals are pigs,’ he says. ‘Sociable, too. Individual. Playful. They’ve got ideas of their own, go their own way. Dogs look up to you, they say, cats look down, but pigs are your equal.’

2002 Times 24 Sept. 21 Back in the 1960s our transplantation team had every good reason to credit the old country adage, ‘dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, pigs is equal’.

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