HAROLD M.FLORSHEIM, Chicago
"One of the best. He never questions your motives, is there when you wanthis company and is content to lie at your feet until your mood changes. A dog'sfriendship is so loyal that it has been called 'blind.' He has even been knownto lick the hand that beats him."
ROY ROGERS,Beverly Hills, Calif.
"It depends on the man. For me, my dog and horse are equally good friends.Bullet, my German shepherd, is a close companion. When I'm on the road, I knowhe will protect my wife and kids. And of course Trigger and Trigger Jr., myhorses, give me that homey feeling when I'm away from home."
ALBERT R.MULLEN, Great Notch, N.J.
Public relations executive
"Yes. He's the only one who will lick my hand at 7:30 in the morning when Iwas supposed to be home for dinner the night before at 7:30. My wife was up asI quietly opened the door with that typical married-man, hang-dog look. A dogwon't bite the hand that feeds it. A wife will. True?"
MATT TRACY, PalmBeach
"Are you kidding? Just look at the condition of the streets in any city.Some years ago, some New Yorkers thought it would be a good idea if no newlicenses were issued. Current licenses would continue, but no new ones, so inyears New York would be free of dogs. Nothing ever came of it. Toobad."
October 31, 1955
PETER DONALD,New York
"He really is. A dog is always ready with affection, charm, entertainment,a fairly modest hunger and almost the same license fee as a bride, with fewerdividends expected. As a social contact a dog is without peer. Sure, a dog isman's best friend—particularly if people won't have you."
ED CONNOR,Longmeadow, Mass.
Textile machinery executive
"It appears so. Few dare speak out against dogs. President Roosevelt said:'I think I have a right to resent...libelous statements about my dog.'Vice-President Nixon, on the pan for alleged improper use of his 'expensefund,' gained sympathy by affectionately describing his dog on TV."
"Yes. A dog is the only one who will go for a walk in sleet or rain or wheneveryone else is fagged out and won't take a stroll with you. Conversely, whenyou, yourself, are indisposed, the dog has his own reasons for taking you out.Then you get beneficial exercise in spite of yourself."
JERRY BURROW,New Haven, Conn.
"There have been times when I've doubted it. A friend was surprised in herhome by a sneak thief. She hid while he ransacked the living room. Her big,brave dog just wagged his tail and licked the man's hand. Before the thiefleft, he went to the refrigerator and fed the dog two prize lambchops."
CAMILLE DUCRAUX,Paris and New York
"It's a 50-50 friendship. Man is certainly dog's best friend. Without loveand breeding, dogs would be unfriendly mongrels. My dog really talks to me.When I'm in a hurry and can't walk him, he just looks at me with tearful eyes.He wouldn't eat when I went to France. They had to ship him to me."
WALTER H.JOHNSON JR., New York
"He certainly is. Only a dog evaluates and accepts a man for his basicqualities. His affection is uninfluenced by money, prestige or othersuperficial things. On this premise a dog is certainly man's best friend.Neither danger nor hardship can prompt him to desert his master."
GEORGE THOMASCULLEN, Providence, R.I.
"It depends on the dog owner. If he's a man I whom people don't like I andwho shrinks from I their company, a dog can be his best friend. The dog is theonly one who will tolerate him. Conversely, a dog on a leash is often a goodintroduction. Many men have met their wives that way."
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