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From 16 March 2003 Issue

Canine Ritual

A woman brought a litter of golden-retriever puppies to the veterinary clinic for inoculations and worming. She loved the puppies so much that she couldn't keep from remarking about their cute habits.

As the look-alike pups squirmed over and under one another in their box, the vet realized it would be difficult to tell the treated ones from the rest. He turned on the water faucet, wet his fingers, and moistened each dog's head when he had finished.

After the fourth puppy, he noticed his talkative client had grown silent. As he sprinkled the last pup's head, the woman leaned forward and whispered, "I never realized they had to be baptized."

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