Hey Cord, your my kind of "people" thats for sure. I had two cats I adopted from a no kill shelter, and will adopt another when I get to a place that I can. I am an animal nutt. I truly love Akita's, they are great family dogs, bigger than a shepard or husky, yet fantastic dogs. I have had Rotties, Shepards and Mutts as well, all are great. I honestly think it should be illegal to raise a child without a pet. Teaches all kinds of good stuff. Maybe they should make a law like that instead of the Laws they make that really don't make sense.