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Lisa Sellman is shown with her dog, Jasmine. Sellman says her dog has taught her to place more value on family, home and being loved. (Submitted photo courtesy Lisa Sellman)

Area Voices: Life lessons from man's best friend

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People and dogs have been living together for what experts have discovered to be 15,000 years now. Back then, food was precious, as was time, and so it begs the question: Why would our ancestors bring an animal into their dwelling?

I have a theory that the answer is the same reason I cared for birds with broken wings or stray cats as a child: Caring for all of nature is just a natural desire within us.

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