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From a practical point of view, both dogs and babies
create attachments which are clearly parts of social
networks.

I'm surprised that no one else has noted that the
dog-networks have a lot more weak ties, the people
who you know because you walk dogs at the same
time, but only know in the dog-world.  Networks
that include babies are more notable for their
strong ties, to the point where you don't get to know
anyone else but the newborn for the span of several
months.

A proper analysis would also differentiate cat-people,
who don't generally socialize outdoors with their pets,
from dog-people who have lots more outdoor networking
opportunities.  And then you'd have to point at web
based services like Dogster and Catster, and do a
comparative analysis vs. La Leche League.

I'm sure there's a master's degree in here somewhere for someone.

Ed

father of "Luigi", 7, and "Mario", 3, both boys;
and "Naomi", 13 or 14, a cat; and neighbor to
a bunch of dogs and their people, generally the
dog-people are more visible neighbors than the
cat-people all else being equal.

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