Wendy and I were both raised with pets, and conversely, have had pets as part of our family after we got married. Our latest is our dog Ringo. We've had him since November 2007. As I tell people, he's like the original Ringo - a big nose and shaggy hair.
The fictional character, Forrest Gump would say: "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. With dogs, you never know what you're gonna get until you open the door...especially living in the wet Northwest. This might also be one of the disadvantages of owning a white dog. (Or maybe our old black and brown dog was a lot more filthy than we gave her credit for.)
"I found a way amuse myself while you were gone"