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I enjoyed "Friends with Benefits" [Feb. 20]. It brought back memories of our Labrador befriending a baby bison on our farm. They certainly met anthropologist Barbara King's standard for friendship, i.e., putting some effort into their relationship. The two groomed each other, licking each other's ears often and affectionately. It was amazing to witness.

Jennifer Rief, DURHAM, N.H.

My poodle Henry and his best friend, labradoodle Ernie, don't get why you had dogs on the cover but never mentioned friendships like theirs in the article.

Larry Coffin, BRADFORD, VT.

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