"Are dogs really man's best friend?" That's a question I've asked myself over and over--not because I've weighed any particular doubt on the matter, but it's just something that's been "food for thought" for me, because I've always heard that statement echoed as an unquestionable truth. Based on my own observation, I'd have to say that naturally a dog is made with a character that seeks to please his master in every way, whether it be by serving as a guide dog to persons with disabilities, or just having some good ole romping fun with his master. Dogs are fun! playful! and generally friendly! But what crosses your mind when you hear of stories like that of the 4-year-old little one who was mauled to death by a pitbull in Miami-Dade County? Do you feel that these incidents are isolated and rare occurrences? and that they don't reflect the true nature of that dog, or of other dogs of the same breed? OR Do you feel that certain breeds of dog shouldn't be bred anymore because although they can be trained, they will eventually "act out", according to their "volatile nature"? Please let me know your thoughts!