Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world. Here are some thoughts on why we love our pups so much:
• A dog ordinarily remains loyal to a considerate master, and because of this the dog has been called man's best friend.
• Class distinctions between people have no part in a dog's life. It can be a faithful companion to either rich or poor.
• Dogs have been domesticated for most of human history and have thus endeared themselves to many over the years.
• A dog fits easily into family life. It thrives on praise and affection. When a master tells a dog that it is good, the animal happily wags its tail. But when a master scolds a dog, it skulks away with a sheepish look and with its tail tucked between its legs.
• People in the city as well as those in other areas can enjoy a dog. Medium-size or small dogs are best suited for the confines of the city. Large dogs need considerable exercise over a large area.
• Dogs exist in a wide range of sizes, colors, and temperaments. Some serve as alert and aggressive watchdogs. Others are playful family pets, even though they were bred for hunting. Still others can herd farm or range animals.
• Dogs have been with humans since prehistoric times. Over the years they have performed various services. They have pulled sleds over snowy tracts. They have delivered messages, herded sheep and cattle, and even rescued persons trapped in the snow.
• Dogs are trained as guard dogs in peacetime by the United States Army and other military services.
• Because of their keen sense of smell, dogs are used by police at times to track down escaped prisoners. Law enforcement agencies also rely on the dog's acute sense of smell to uncover illegal drugs. And specially trained dogs serve as the "eyes" of the blind, guiding the steps of their sightless masters around obstacles and hazards.
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