AMEN! A dog is not a fad; it is a commitment for the life of the dog. I HATE when people take that commitment for granted.
I am with you 100% I have had all of my dogs until they passed with the exception of 2, one was given to an old friend of the family when we moved because he was to old for the stairs at our apartment complex, and she had just lost her husband and needed someone to love. and the other one my mother took so she is still in the family. But I think when you get a dog you need to make sure that the dog is one you will want and love forever.
but I still saw Max every weekend until he passed away, and I see my Trisha every time I visit my mother.