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As the holidays approach, Elon students look forward to not just the familiar faces of friends and family, but the excited barking and wagging tails of their canine companions.

For students who may be missing their pets at home, the K-9s in Flight exhibition at the North Carolina State Fair gave fairgoers the chance to pet some well-trained rescue dogs and cheer for their long jumps, frisbee catching and flips.

Although he is a strong advocate for rescuing and adopting dogs from shelters, trainer John Misita urges college students to think cautiously about adopting a pet before they are ready. For students with busy schedules and smaller living spaces, he says, the situation may not be ideal for bringing a new pet into their lives.

In the meantime, he encourages dog-lovers to support shelters and promote adoption. K-9s in Flight has performed for fairs and theme parks all across the country, as well as on the Discovery Channel and NFL halftime shows.