"One of the best. He never questions your motives, is there when you want
his company and is content to lie at your feet until your mood changes. A dog's
friendship is so loyal that it has been called 'blind.' He has even been known
to lick the hand that beats him."
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 know
he will protect my wife and kids. And of course Trigger and Trigger Jr., my
horses, give me that homey feeling when I'm away from home."
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 I
was supposed to be home for dinner the night before at 7:30. My wife was up as
I quietly opened the door with that typical married-man, hang-dog look. A dog
won't bite the hand that feeds it. A wife will. True?"
MATT TRACY, Palm
"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 new
licenses were issued. Current licenses would continue, but no new ones, so in
years New York would be free of dogs. Nothing ever came of it. Too
"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 fewer
dividends expected. As a social contact a dog is without peer. Sure, a dog is
man's best friend—particularly if people won't have you."
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 'expense
fund,' 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 when
everyone else is fagged out and won't take a stroll with you. Conversely, when
you, yourself, are indisposed, the dog has his own reasons for taking you out.
Then you get beneficial exercise in spite of yourself."
New Haven, Conn.
"There have been times when I've doubted it. A friend was surprised in her
home 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 thief
left, he went to the refrigerator and fed the dog two prize lamb
Paris and New York
"It's a 50-50 friendship. Man is certainly dog's best friend. Without love
and 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."
JOHNSON JR., New York
"He certainly is. Only a dog evaluates and accepts a man for his basic
qualities. His affection is uninfluenced by money, prestige or other
superficial things. On this premise a dog is certainly man's best friend.
Neither danger nor hardship can prompt him to desert his master."