Are you ready to own a dog? Any dog?
Think of all the onscreen dog moments that have enamored you. When the Taco Bell Dog gives the orders to "drop the chalupa." Or when Beethoven saves young Emily from drowning as her babysitter plays piano. How about that time that Tom Hanks woke up next to a smelly Hooch? What makes these movies great is how they remind us of the beautiful relationships that can form between humans and dogs.
You should always think carefully about the commitment of owning a dog. It's a huge responsibility. If you see "Max," think twice or maybe three times before you go out to buy a Malinois. They can be awesome pets, but only if you're a dedicated caretaker. And with so many dogs in shelters, why not rescue instead?
The truth is, that for every pet fad out there, there are thousands of dogs who eventually end up homeless. By 2009, for example, Chihuahuas - popularized by movies, like "Legally Blonde" - made up 30 percent of dogs in California shelters.
Not ready for that Malinois? No worries! Perhaps you're better suited to care for whatever species Spike was.