have lived and worked with humans in so many roles that
they have earned the
unique title of "man's
best friend." With qualities of loyalty, companionship
and unconditional love, dogs "really
do understand what we are trying to tell them. . . and
have a talent for reading social cues in a very sophisticated
studies support the common-sense belief that pets assist
their owners physical and emotional health.
ancient Cherokee story of the "sacred dog of
Monterey Mountain" tells of a dog who inspired a couple
to built a raft to survive the
coming Great Flood.
Brian Hare of Harvard University
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