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by Abigail Van Buren

Companion Pets Are Some People's Surviving 'Family'

DEAR ABBY: I know the family "Disgusted" wrote about. The man died suddenly and unexpectedly. He and his wife had no children; instead they bred champion dogs. The dogs were an important part of their lives.

I'm sure the obituary was a great comfort to family and friends, and I applaud the afternoon newspaper that chose to run it, especially after the morning paper had declined.

There are many definitions of "family" other than what appears in Webster's Dictionary. I see no reason why "man's best friend" should not be included. -- TEXAS CAT LOVER