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Humans' Realtionships With Pets

What is that connection between humans and animals - especially dogs? How quickly do such bonds form, and why is it stronger for some people than others? The New York Times recently reported that pets really do come between people, that having a pet around can help sell an apartment, of all things. The report also mentioned that the use of pets - especially dogs - as a form of therapy is increasing all the time. Learn about our relationships with pets, with Stetson University Dean of Students Chris Kandus, Ohio state College of Veterinary Medicine social worker Jennifer Brandt, and Indiana University South Bend cultural sociologist David Blouin.

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Stetson University in Deland, Florida has formally recognized how important some students’ regard their pets. Dogs, cats and other small pets are now permitted as roommates for students in certain pet-friendly dorms.