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Tue Jan 6, 2015, 03:40 PM

73. The service dog was a reference to Palin's dog -

As to the large yellow lab in Ellen's photo - treating inappropriate behavior with a dog as cute is a bad thing.

The vast majority of dog bites occur in families, by dogs who were very patient - until they weren't. When they snap, because the children in the family do not understand (or don't respect) appropriate boundaries with their pet. (About 3/4 of all bites requiring medical care are by the family dog (or a dog the child is very familiar with - and about 3/4 of all bites also involve humans who interacted inappropriately with the dog). When parents don't enforce boundaries between children and the family pets, and pets finally snap (or a different animal which has a different disposition snaps), it is the animal that pays the price with its life or loss of its home. Most of that price could be prevented if people stopped allowing their children to treat their pets like stuffed animals - regardless of how apparently patient the specific animal is about putting up with it.

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