In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
There lived an old couple whose only pet was a little dog. Having no children, they loved it as though it (1)_______ a baby. The old dame made it a cushion (2)_______ blue crepe, and at mealtime Muko—for that was its name—would sit on it as (3)______ as any cat. The kind people (4)______ the pet with tidbits of fish with their own chopsticks, and all the boiled rice (5)______ wanted.
Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank No.1.
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