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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Man's (and woman's) best friend
Man's (and woman's) best friend

My friends and I have been saying for years that when it comes to genuine caring, to loyalty and to good judgment, many dogs actually behave better than many people. For example, one cannot buy a dog's love and loyalty with toys and treats, but, sadly, there are some people who can be bought with money and treats. Good dog stories abound. When a close friend was diagnosed with cancer several months ago — she is now in remission but still undergoing treatment — Riptide, her 150-pound rescue Newfoundland took on the role of principal caregiver, despite her excellent nurses and doctors. In the past, when anyone opened the door of my friend's house, Riptide would take...