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Q: Will Guard Dog ever be released from his chains?
A: Have no fear, Guard Dog is free in Patrick’s sketchbooks and Patrick promises to free him someday in the newspaper. However, in the strip Guard Dog has a job to do. He represents many dogs that live their entire lives chained. Some states have passed legislature to ban this practice, and we’re hoping that others will join in to improve the lives of every “Guard Dog.” If you want to help set Guard Dog free, please contact your state legislators to introduce a ban in your state. For more information, including legislative contact info and sample letters please visit Dogs Deserve Better. And if you’d like to read Patrick's answer to this question, please check the past Musingsquestions.
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