geez raynbo, you sound like sorta the same boat as me. well, to be honest, the landlord says i cannot have a dog, he says it will dig at the carpet and ruin it. i am in san diego. if you lived closer, i'd tell you to come over, but two people in the same boat sorta, would not be too good, i suppose. the people here are so different than in oregon. i do not fit in at all.