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Dogs in Service to Mankind

Representative Nita M. Lowey

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the American Kennel Club's celebration of "Dogs in Service to Mankind." The American Kennel Club, established in 1884, is the world's largest purebred dog registry and the nation's leading not-for-profit organization devoted to the support of purebred dogs, responsible pet ownership, and canine health.

As well as providing invaluable and beneficial companionship to millions of Americans, purebred dogs have provided service to mankind for generations and in a myriad of ways. Only a few examples are the dogs who accompanied our servicemen in every war; who rescue Americans every year from fire, entrapment and drowning; and whose powers of scent enable them to locate lost children, dangerous chemicals, and illegal materials.

Dogs give vital assistance to the handicapped, ill, and elderly, and these amazing creatures can even warn a person that a heart attack or epileptic seizure is about to occur. Many Americans have benefitted from the companionship and unconditional love that service dogs provide.

So today, I join the American Kennel Club in its recognition of dogs' extraordinary capabilities. I am delighted to join in honoring these wonderful animals whose service to humankind deserves our utmost appreciation.

[Taken from the Congressional Record, 13 September 2000, page E1455.]