Being a doggy mommy means that my time cannot be ENTIRELY Charlotte's... although most of the time it is! Ava needs love and cuddles and most of all.... EXERCISE. With the snowy/icy sidewalks, sometimes that is left for DH... and they head to the dog park. What would we do without it? What did we do when we didn't go? She is social now, loves to play with other dogs and isn't scared of them. She has her city tags now (a mere $10) which is a small price to pay f0r the service that the city provides! Plus if she ever got lost, animal control would be able to track her. Sometimes I get frustrated with the pooch, but most of all, I love her companionship and her silly *dogness*.