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New PBS documentary explores "Why We Love Cats and Dogs"

February 14, 2009 |  2:55 pm

Racina Balaa, 12, plays with her dog Sugar at the Pasadena dog park What is it about pets that makes them such a perfect foil for their humans?  Clearly the unconditional love they provide is a big part, but a new documentary probes the question further.

"Why We Love Cats and Dogs," a new special from PBS' "Nature," premieres Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.  The program explores the deep bond that exists between people and their companion animals. 

"The connections we make and the relationships we forge with these animals [regardless of specie] are meaningful and important and real; part logic, part magic but totally undeniable,"  Tracey Clark writes on PBS' Remotely Connected blog.  "Why We Love Our Cats and Dogs offers a delightfully entertaining (and family friendly) window into the richness of life as it is shared with our pets."

Southern California viewers can see the program Sunday at 8 on KCET Los Angeles, KOCE Orange County and KVCR San Bernardino.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Racina Balaa, 12, plays with her dog Sugar at the Pasadena dog park.  Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times.

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