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21 September 2004
17/2004
Commemorative Issue

Cats and Dogs - Miniature Sheet

Australia
Once the preserve of the very wealthy, pets are now part of life in all levels of society in most countries. Australia has the highest incidence of pet ownership in the world. Of all the animals that can be kept as pets, dogs and cats are the most popular: 40 per cent of households own a dog, 26 per cent own a cat.

Household animals in the past were kept primarily because they were useful. Dogs were kept to guard or hunt, cats to keep mice away. Over time, cats and dogs became "part of the family" valued for their companionship, not simply for their usefulness.

Although pets can be status symbols, most people simply enjoy a pet

Cats and Dogs Miniature sheet  

Cats and Dogs Miniature sheet

copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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