No, this isn't a post about a man being in a dog house (as the saying goes). I was browsing the ASPCA site and came across something interesting and useful. Since owing a dog, I've become involved (to the point of obsession, yes I know) with how animals are treated and various other topics concerning animals. I've also been talking to friends about what life is like with a pet around and it has generated some interesting discussions. I know for a fact that my life (& I for that matter) have not been the same since the moment I walked into the pet store and saw Jackie. It's gobsmacking (hehehe, gotta use this word whenever I can!) how perspectives change, priorities shift and you as a person become comfortable with reading your dog's mind. :) Anyway, I find Jackie absolutely fascinating because she is my first pet and I still can't believe at times that after wanting a dog since childhood, after being scared silly of a pomeranian, I now own and roughhouse with a German Shepherd.
Going back to the ASPCA site, they have a feature called Dog House, whereby a person thinking of owning a dog can virtually see the effects of owning a pet and also determine the needs of a dog, etc. It also provides you with encouragement when you choose to do something right and nudges you in the right direction when you do something wrong. A good learning tool for those who aren't sure if owing a pet is right for them. I see it as one step in responsible ownership of a pet and helping you make that decision.
Jackie says "Woof"!