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The campus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) are not always abuzz with latest research works and scholars but also for the unique pets kept by researchers and scholars.

Not many know that vice chancellor of GADVASU, Dr V K Taneja, is actually a cat lover himself and adopted a stray cat 13 years ago and named it 'Kittu'. "I adopted him after my dog died and I completely believe in the philosophy that animals take the problems of the family on themselves," said Taneja.

Dr M S Kang, ex-vice chancellor PAU, who left in 2011, is too a pet lover. His pet dog 'Sargent' is a labrador from Canada. Trained by police in bomb squad team, this active dog graced PAU campus for almost 5 years. "He belongs to an elite family. His father and grandfather won many awards in dog shows," says Ganesh Dutt, who looked after the dog in PAU for five years. "It is a full-blooded labrador and a very disciplined dog who came to me when he was a month old," said Dr Kang.

Dr Jagtar Dhiman, additional director research, natural resources at PAU and owner of a Pomeranian named 'Jimmy' said: "When we built our new house in 1999, it was our dog who protected us from snakes so many times."

Dr D S Cheema, dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, told Newsline: "I have a Rotweiller named Chester. He is so alert that he does not even allow crows and squirrels to enter our home. He barks but never bites."

Raghbir Singh Dhillon, who retired from PAU as security officer in owns two dogs.

Reportedly, PAU home sciences dean Dr Neelam Grewal too owns a pet dog.

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