Will A Dog Still Be Man's Best Friend?

And will teachers believe The ferret ate my homework?

Watching Fido lounge by the radiator or snowball arrogantly circle her designer litter box, it's hard to believe that dogs and cats were originally domesticated for practical purposes (dogs hunted; cats chased vermin away). While no one can deny the charms of a good animal companion, wouldn't it be nice if there were a furry friend that didn't take its place in the American household for granted? A pet that, frankly, reflected better on its modern mover-shaker owners? There is hope. "I think ferrets could be the pets of the future," says Mary Shefferman, editor of Modern Ferret magazine and proud...

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