I grew up in a childhood deprived of a dog. The closest I ever came was this painted ceramic dog that my grandmother had. I use to pet it and give it a different name every time we were visiting. Sad really...I know. Now all of these years later I am still sans dog and will be for a while as long as I'm rental bound. So now that I think about it, I'm wondering if Granny would be willing to pass on that ceramic pup of hers!