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Many years ago, my uncle worked in the Australian High Commission in
London. He told me that the High Commission received a letter from a
woman who had immigrated from the United Kingdom to Australia. She
thanked the High Commission for helping her to immigrate, and stated that
she was very glad she had come to live in Australia. It was a wonderful
place, except for one serious problem - Australians treated their dogs
There are clearly major cultral differences in the behaviour of pet
owners, which may influence the effect of pets on human health.
No competing interests
25 November 2005
Director of Intensive Care
Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne 3052, Australia