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Dear Ann Landers,
I have had this essay for years and thought you might print it so your readers could enjoy it. -- Westminster, Md.

Dear Westminster,
Thanks for sending it my way. The dog lovers in my reading audience will appreciate it. "What Dogs Do for Us" Catch Frisbees. Keep a night alone from being truly lonely. Get us outside on beautiful fall days, rainy days and snowy winter days. Listen to our singing. Treat us like celebrities when we come home. Warm up our beds on cold nights. Make our hearts more vigorous. Alert us to the arrival of the mail. Help us live a little longer. Make us smile. Agree with everything we say. Warm our knees with their chins. Provide a use for old tennis balls. Signal when a thunderstorm is coming. Pull sleds. Help lower our blood pressure. Test how fast we can run. Keep the squirrels from overtaking our yards. Teach us the meaning of unconditional love.

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