Magazine article Risk Management

Some Very Good Dogs

Magazine article Risk Management

Some Very Good Dogs

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I know this is not going to be a popular opinion with many of you-especially my fellow editors of this publication-but I'm not much of a dog person. Now, I don't I have anything against dogs, mind you. It's just that, ever since I was a kid, I have always lived with cats and have come to appreciate their aloofand independent style. Whether they're calmly purring one minute or abruptly trying to scratch your face off the next, cats do everything on their terms. I will grant you that their unpredictable, even irrational nature often makes them furry little jerks, but to me, they're lovable little jerks. The fact that this behavior appeals to me probably says a lot about my personality, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

I will concede, however, that dogs are much more useful. While cats can barely be bothered to acknowledge your existence, dogs are great companions and can be trained to do all sorts of cool things, whether it is working with the police and military, assisting the disabled, conducting searches and rescues, detecting seizures, sniffing out bedbugs, or in the case ofthe dogs in our cover story, investigating arson fires. …

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