I am a big dog lover, and I'm sure many of you are too. For us, getting a dog as a companion is quite straightforward. We either just get a puppy from a friend, or take in a stray, or sometimes buy a puppy from a pet store. There is no strict law about pet care that we need to worry about. But it is not always so straightforward elsewhere. Even if getting the pet is simple enough, keeping it requires a lot more than just feeding it and taking it for walks. In many Western countries, for example, there are many regulations that govern how you take care of your companion and how it behaves.
For example, most countries require the owner to have a license for the pet. The license is issued on payment of a fee, only when the pet has been given the right vaccinations. The license number for the dog is printed on its tag and, if the pet goes missing lost, helps rescuers in returning the dog to its rightful owner.
On many occasions you may have noticed a dog being walked by its owner: somewhere along the walk the dog relieves its waste and the pair move on. This is unacceptable in most other countries, where it is the owner's responsibility to collect any waste and ensure that the streets remain clean. The result of this law has been used in many comic scenes in movies and TV where the owner is shown picking up dog poop and storing it in paper bags to be disposed of properly.
In fact, many business ideas have resulted from pet ownership. In the West, it is very common to hire help to have your pets, especially dogs, trained professionally. Pet grooming is also a booming industry and focuses on beauty and cosmetic care for your dogs, selling shampoo, haircuts, wash, clean up -- the works. People also hire services for pet-sitting and dog-walking for those who have to travel or do not have the time to exercise their dog. A pet after all is considered as a part of the family and every effort is taken in making sure they are comfortable and well looked after.