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Responsibility, part 1: How dangerous is that dog?

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Residential complexes or local governments in recent years have reacted to dog attacks by restricting or prohibiting certain breeds. This approach to reducing dogs attacks is doomed to failure, because the root of the problem normally has little or nothing to do with the breed.


Instead, research shows the factors that best predict dog attacks are either circumstantial or related to whether and how the owner trains, handles and treats the dog on a daily basis.


[For details, see Delise, Karen. Fatal Dog Attacks: The Stories Behind the Statistics. Manorville, NY: Anubis Press, © 2002 by Karen Delise.]

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Class act

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The  team and fans of the Forever television series have impressed me greatly with their graceful and dignified reaction to ABC's cancellation of the show. Show star Ioan Gruffudd's humble and appreciative online letter to fans following his receipt of the news demonstrated a level of class I had begun to think was out of fashion. Despite his disappointment at the loss of a role he obviously loved, he took time to be gratfeul for the short-lived opportunity and loyal fan support.

My cursory search has identified at least four online venues that noted the heart-felt missive while also commenting that some of the shows the network retained had no better ratings and significantly smaller and less devoted followings. Forever fans have initiated a campaign to find a new champion to pick up the show. I wish them well, and support their efforts.

Subtle sleeper

I think one reason Forever was a slow-starter with regard to ratings had to do with the number of pitfalls to which it was prone. It succumbed, however, neither to the  how-does-Henry-die-this-week nor the immortal-hero-versus-immortal-villain cliches. Instead, it developed gentler threads to explore the other consequences of Henry's immortality, such as the knowledge and wisdom he had gained during the course of several lifetimes and how he managed to use and explain it.

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