Daniels dismissed the critics, saying that "few have ever spoken to him directly or taken the time to understand what he is all about — which is a man with a deep passion for helping animals and people."
That passion for animals — especially dogs — is evident. Millan said he's never met a dog he didn't like, and chose a canine as his lone companion for a hypothetical stranding on a deserted island.
He also defended his love for pit bulls, saying: "It's not the breed, it's the human behind the dog." Rehabbing dogs is easy, he said, but training people is not.
"A dog would never see me as a Mexican or immigrant or think things people say about me. Dogs don't rationalize. They don't hold anything against a person. They don't see the outside of a human but the inside of a human," he said.
But there are some times when he prefers people over animals. He was tactful when he said he had both a human and a canine best friend. And he was quick to say that he preferred the Super Bowl over the "Puppy Bowl," the Animal Planet's pet-friendly TV show that features puppies romping on a room-sized football field.
"I have a 'Puppy Bowl' every day," he explained.
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