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COLLEGE STATION, January 31, 2006 - For canine lovers, 2006
could prove to be a doggone good time - it's the Chinese Year of
Man's best friend has been celebrated in literature, songs and
movies. Many a tear has been shed while watching Old
Yeller or Lassie, while Benji made kids
laugh and Cujo showed Fido's meaner side.
"Many people consider dogs the best companion animal," says
Bonnie Beaver, a veterinarian and animal behavior expert at Texas
A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine &
"Dogs are probably the easiest of all animals to train. They are
used as service animals to help blind and disabled persons, they
are used to rescue people, find injured or deceased individuals,
and now some believe they may even be able to detect cancer in
humans. It's not hard to understand why dogs are so popular."
In the Year of the Dog, some interesting canine facts to chew
Dogs helped cavemen in hunting and were the first animal to be
domesticated. They have been at man's side for thousands of years
and that likely won't change, Beaver adds.
"They make great companions, they give you unconditional love
and they give you a friendly greeting every morning," she adds.
But when it comes to pets in the United States, Poochie is not
top dog. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association,
there are about 62 million pet dogs in the U.S. - compared to
almost 70 million pet cats. But in 2006, The Year of the Cat will
have to wait its turn.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
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