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A mother holds her newborn twins at a Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, a public health facility in India. Paula Bronstein/The Verbatim Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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A direct, friendly gaze seems to help cement the bond of affection between people and their pooches. Dan Perez/Flickr hide caption

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

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