Amen!! Great article about taking care of our four legged kids. Just so you know, Ghillie has been vaccinated against rattlesnake bites, has been microchipped since he was 12 weeks old, and always rides in his crate. Since he is slow on the streamside manners, he has a great relationship with the ladies who operate our local kennel. He visits them when I attend Fish-Ins and Fly-Fishing Expos.
Even though I have had some great cats (I recently had to put down my old girl after sharing my life with her for 18 years and 10 months), they aren't the same as a great dog. There's something about the unconditional love and loyalty you only get from a dog that makes them special and so very much worth taking good care of.
Happiness is wading boots that never have a chance to dry out.