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Should I get a dog?

At any point in time there are millions of people in the United States who are thinking about getting a dog. Dogs are lovable and loyal companions, and can be trained as friendly household pets, or fierce guardians. They can be from an expensive pedigree that could allow to enter the world of dog shows, and have a new hobby, or they can be a running buddy that keeps you company on your daily jogs. People dream of having a pet that's ecstatic when they come home, and will stick by them no matter what.

At the same time, there are humane societies, pounds, and animal shelters in almost every town or county that are filled with dogs who were

apparently abandoned, and there are families who wish that they had never gotten that cute little puppy last Christmas. Some people like the idea of having a dog, but they don't have the time or the resources. As much as emotion plays into the decision of dog ownership, it isn't something that will turn out happily unless you have the facts on your side, and unless you don't mind having to pick up an animal's poo several times a day. This short survey will help you asses the facts as they stand, and tell you whether or not it's a good idea for you to get a dog.

Do you have enough extra money to pay for food, vet bills, etc.?
What are your favorite recreational activities?
Do you have a yard?
Do you have a large house or apartment?
How much extra energy do you have before and after work?