Dogs in Our Lives Today
In today's world, for every kind of lifestyle people lead, there is a different kind of dog. There are tiny dogs and giant dogs, hairless and shaggy, pedigreed and mixed breed. Dogs also perform a variety of different jobs — they sniff out narcotics or explosives, search for missing people, excel at certain sports, hunt, and assist those with handicaps. Then there are the dogs who are simply dogs.
The popularity of dogs is booming in just about every part of the world. The clubs and organizations dedicated to certain breeds help newcomers not only learn more but do more with their dogs. Small dogs that are easier to transport and care for are becoming increasingly prevalent in urban areas. Dog owners have more options than ever, not only in selecting their breed of dog, but also in choosing everything their dog needs, from food to accessories to health care. For many beloved canines, it is a great time to be a dog.
Upon her death in 2007, the late hotelier Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble, and also requested that the dog be interred with her in her mausoleum upon its death.
On the other hand, it's a fact that caring for a dog is not for everyone. In the end, a dog is still a dog — a living being whose genetic makeup dictates that it behave in certain ways that are not always compatible with ours. It is each person's responsibility to be a conscientious and compassionate caregiver to the animals they bring into their lives. Like our ancestors who worked alongside our dogs' ancestors, we owe them the respect they deserve. Perhaps you, too, will contribute to the wealth of art and literature that helps celebrate our enduring relationship with dogs.