So you saw Marley & Me over the weekend and now you want a dog?
Experts say that's frequently what happens when a movie like that hits the big screen.
The problem is there's a lot more to owning a dog than meets the eye, which means many of those pets end up homeless.
Marley (the movie dog) is a labrador retriever, which typically needs alot of exercise. Experts say that's not a good trait for couch potatoes.
She recommends labs only for families with active lifestyles. She also recommends obedience training.
Full breed dogs can typically be very expensive when purchased through a breeder, so checking out a breed rescue may be a more economic alternative, as are shelters like Anti Cruelty.